The Confucius Institute at University of Cape Coast organized a public lecture on November 24, on the theme: "Historical Review and Prospects of China-Africa Friendship.", delivered by Prof. Yi Yongqing of Hunan City University, China. This lecture follows his earlier lecture on November 15 on the same campus on the theme: "The Rise of China and Opportunities in Africa,"
At this lecture, the Professor expressed his profound gratitude to the historic friendly relationship that existed between China and Africa, and the beautiful vision of China-Africa friendship. The lecture was attended by more than 200 teachers and students from University of Cape Coast and its surrounding communities and sister institutions. Also in attendance was Prof. Hu Liangcai, the China Director of Confucius Institute at University of Cape Coast and Professor Shi Feng from Hunan University of Engineering.
In the warm applause of teachers and students at University of Cape Coast, Professor Yi Yongqing started his interactive activities with the students and asked whether they knew China or had been to China, which shortened the distance from the students. As part of his presentation, Prof. Yi introduced some historical pictures such as the cooking vessel Simuwu cauldron and Oracle bone inscriptions unearthed in Shang dynasty, and other natural scenery pictures like Zhangjiajie and Jiuzhaigou to the audience which helped attract greater interest of the gathering.
Professor Yi pointed out that the bilateral relationship between China and Africa has a long history through the Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road, culminating in the Ming Dynasty when Zheng He led his voyage to the western sea. In modern times, China and Africa have successively suffered the aggression of the Western colonies and supported each other during their struggle for national independence. Professor Yi commended the recent Vice President of Ghana and the First Lady's visit to China and believed that as the Sino-Ghanaian relations get better and better, it will also become a model for cooperation between China and African countries. Lastly, Professor Yi also expressed his expectations of Ghanaian students and encouraged them to take advantage of Confucius Institute outreach programme to learn Chinese at Confucius Institute at University of Cape Coast and make their own contributions to the friendship between China and Africa.
Up to now, the Confucius Institute at University of Cape Coast has hosted five large public lectures this year, covering the Chinese economy, Chinese culture, and Chinese history to audience numbering more than 1,000.