The US-China relationship represents perhaps the single most significant, dynamic and complex international link in the world. In the Spring of 2010, when China’s President Hu Jintao came to Washington, D.C. for a state visit, the two nations affirmed their commitment to people-to-people diplomacy – enhancing mutual understanding through educational exchanges. The Obama Administration’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, under the State Department’s leadership, seeks to prepare America’s younger generations for careers managing the growing political, economic and cultural ties between the United States and China, and to become more informed global citizens.
The Chinese government has shown its commitment to this mission by offering scholarships to US students via 68 Confucius Institutes, established to teach Chinese language and culture on college campuses in the US. The government also supports innovative initiatives like G-MEO’s new American Center for Study Abroad in Chengdu in the province of Sichuan. For example, Dr. Ge Honglin, the Mayor of Chengdu, looks forward to welcoming all American students from member institutions of the Chengdu American Center of Study Abroad (Click here to see a copy of his welcome letter in English). He has also pledged to award a special achievement award to all students who will spend one semester or more at the center. Chinese universities, like g-MEO’s partners in Shanghai, Suzhou, and Taipei, are eager to welcome US students to their campuses.
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