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Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s dialogues - Chinese New Year
The first event of the SNF’s DIALOGUES series for 2019 hosted an open discussion with the public, and with representatives of Chinese culture in Greece, on the elements that bridge China and Greece, at the level of history, mentality and traditions, despite the seemingly large distance between the two countries.
Speakers to the event included, Zhang Qiyue, Her Excellency the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Greece, Ζu Lijun, Director of Business Confucius Institute at Athens University of Economics and Business and Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
In addition there was a live connection with the Embassy of Greece in China with His Excellency Ambassador Leonidas Rokanas as well as with Simon Fraser University in Canada with Professor Dimitri Krallis, Acting Director of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies.
Ambassador Leonidas Rokanas, and Professor Angelos Chaniotis, referred to the similarities in the teachings of Confucius and ancient Greek philosophers, as both Chinese and Greek traditions focus on the role of education, and the mutual respect between the two nations representing two ancient civilizations.