Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Embassy Meets with China Education Association for International Exchange

Beijing, China (FSM Embassy): May 5, 2009 - To enhance the friendly relations that exist between the Federated States of Micronesia and the People's Republic of China, the FSM Embassy in Beijing initiated a meeting with Mr. Lin Zuoping, Deputy Secretary General of the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and his staff.

The CEAIE is a non-profit organization that conducts international educational exchanges. The organization was established in 1981 after the State Council of the People's Republic of China approved the joint report by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the organization's establishment.

Today, the organization falls under the direct guidance of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. The organization has a full commitment to meeting the needs of China's modernization construction, developing exchanges and cooperation between the Chinese educational community and other parts of the world, promoting the advancement of education, culture, science, and technology, and strengthening understanding and friendship with people of all countries and regions of the world. CEAIE has local chapters in each province, autonomous regions and municipalities, and has established long-term working relations with over 170 educational organizations in more than 50 countries. Notably, CEAIE is also affiliated with the United Nation through a Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted in 2006 and Associate Status with Department of Public Information in 2008.

In welcoming Deputy Secretary General Lin to the FSM Embassy, Chargé d' Affaires, a.i. Carl D. Apis gave an introduction of the FSM to the Deputy Secretary General and informed the guests that the Embassy was interested in learning more about the organization in hopes that we can work together to promote the people-to-people relationship between our two countries. Deputy Secretary General Lin briefed the Embassy on his organization's role and also agreed and hoped that cooperation can be made between his organization and the Federated States of Micronesia. Deputy Secretary General Lin is one of the few from his organization who has actually visited the Pacific region and has very fond memories of his visit. The Deputy Secretary General and Chargé d' Affaires both agreed that the enhancement of our people-to-people exchanges is very important part of our relationship. Both sides have discussed possible cooperation and have both agreed to look into the College of Micronesia - FSM as a starting point.

Presenting during the meeting were First Secretary Vincent Sivas, Acting Director of the Department of Asian & Oceania Programs Ms. FENG Junying, and Program Director Ms. LI Yang.

For further information, please contact the FSM Embassy in Beijing at Ph: (86)1065324708 or e-mail address: embassy@fsmembassy.cn


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