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Sino-Latin American Chinese language and Agricultural Science & Technology Development Center launched in Guangzhou

Three universities from China's Guangdong, Mexico and Brazil signed a partnership agreement to establish a Chinese language and Agricultural Science & Technology Development Center in Guangzhou. They are South China Agricultural University (SCAU) in China's Guangdong, Chapingo Autonomous University in Mexico, and Federal University of Mato Grosso (FUMG) in Brazil. The signing ceremony was held via video link on June 15.

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Speaking at the ceremony, Jesús Seade, Ambassador of Mexico to China, said that technology can serve as a means of underpinning food security, eradicating poverty and malnutrition, and promoting inclusive socioeconomic growth.

"The center can foster agricultural technology innovation, promote languages, bring our peoples together, and strengthen understanding between nations," Jesús Seade pointed out. 

According to the Chinese Embassy in Mexico, the trade in agricultural products between China and Mexico has grown rapidly in recent years, with an average annual growth rate of 18%.

"The center plays a vital role in economic and social development of Brazil," said Dr. Evandro Aparecido Soares da Silva, president of FUMG. "Actions like this create closer relationships with society and expand our relationships with other countries such as China."

Data from the Consulate General of Brazil in Guangzhou show that last year alone, Brazil exported more than 120 billion US dollars in agricultural products, and more than one third of this total came to China. The state of Mato Grosso, where the FUMG is located, accounts for 20% of total production.

Na Jia, Deputy Director General of the Department of Education of Guangdong Province hopes that the center will play a bridging role to promote the sharing of high-quality educational resources among Guangdong Province, the State of Mexico and the State of Mato Grosso.

Liu Yahong, president of SCAU, stated that as the founder of the center, SCAU will  conduct various forms of exchanges and cooperation with the two Latin American universities.

"We have plans to expand cooperation in talent cultivation, joint scientific research, academic exchanges, agricultural technology training, and Chinese language teaching, so as to promote the sustainable development of agricultural education in Latin America," Liu said.

Author: Ariel

Editor: Wing, Nan, Monica, Jerry

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