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BEIJING, April 06. /ITAR-TASS/. A ceremony unveiling the monument to a great Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov was held at Xiamen University, Fujian Province in eastern China. The bronze bust of a famous Russian poet made by sculptor Grigory Pototsky was presented to the university on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of the writer celebrated this year.
“This is one of most remarkable events in the sphere of culture in Russia and certainly I would like foreign countries to know Lermontov,” the sculptor told Itar-Tass.
Such projects are needed “to foster friendship between Russia and China and for best mutual understanding,” the sculptor said. In the words of Pototsky, China takes Russian culture “with major honour;and high respect.” “They study our culture,” the figure of art noted.
The unveiling ceremony of the monument was also timed to the 93rd anniversary of Xiamen University. The university leadership, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the State Administration Higher School at Moscow State University Valery Makarov, Deputy Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Far East Vladimir Portyakov, officials of Russian Embassy in China and Russian General Consulate in the Chinese city of Guangzhou participated in the ceremony.
The monument project was agreed upon with the rector of Xiamen University in the previous year during a visit of a delegation from Moscow State University to the Chinese higher education establishment. The Institute of State Administration at Xiamen University and the State Administration Higher School of Moscow State University have signed an agreement on co-operation then.
Xiamen University is on the list of domestic development projects of leading Chinese higher education institutions. Chinese students learn Russian language, culture, history and traditions of Russia.
More than 100 Chinese higher educational institutions teach Russian language.