阿尔巴尼亚位于欧洲巴尔干半岛西岸。2019年中阿将迎来建交70周年庆典。近70年来，中阿两国关系经历了大起大落，给人留下了深刻的经验教训，也留下了传统友谊。2018年8月7日下午，“见证友谊”---中外新闻社小记者团前往阿尔巴尼亚驻华使馆采访副大使安迪•绍伊（Mr. Andi Xhoi）先生。
Albania is located on the west coast of the Balkans in Europe. In 2019, China and Albania will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. In the past 70 years, China- Albania relations have experienced ups and downs, leaving people with precious lessons and traditional friendship. On the afternoon of August 7th, 2018, "Witness Friendship" 2018 Summer Home & Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Albanian embassy in China and had an interview with the Albanian Deputy Ambassador to China, Mr. Andi Xhoi.
A junior journalist asked: “Hello Mr. Andi Xhoi! November 23rd, 2019 will be the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Albania. In your opinions, how should the children and teenagers from two countries do to carry on the traditional friendship between Albania and China, and to contribute their own efforts and wisdom to promote the good relations between two nations?
“China and Albania will hold an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next November. In the history, 70 years is not long. After the new China was founded, Albania was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with China. The leaders of the two countries are constantly promoting the development of friendly relations between the two countries, and then our responsibility is to further deepen the friendship between Albania and China. Chinese and Albanian youth pay close attentions to the major events of the two countries. Through cultural exchanges and people-to-people exchanges will definitely further promote friendship between the two countries.”
Another junior journalist asked: “When people are talking about a country, they usually think about the country’s unique natural landscaping, customs, culture and other symbolic characteristics that country has. For example, people know about China through Yellow River, Giant Panda and etc. What will people think of when they are talking about Albania?”
“Albania is best known for its mountain eagle, even our national flag has an eagle on it. Therefore, Albania is also known as “the Land of the Eagles”. You hear someone is talking about the eagle land, he must refer to Albania.”
“November 18th, 2013, Tirana University in Albania and Beijing Foreign Studies University jointly found the first Confucius Institute. Cultural exchange is an important channel to improve bilateral relations. Confucius Institutes has been playing an important role in promoting the cultural exchanges between China and Albania. We want to ask you that how China and Albania will further deepen their cultural exchanges and cooperation in different levels, especially in the youth exchange level?” we asked.
Mr. Andy said that the establishment of the Confucius Institute has become a model for friendly cooperation between the two countries. In the past few years, near 3,000 people have been learning Chinese in Albania. Every year, there are many Chinese primary and middle school students and the art delegations came to Albania to perform, including the Chinese national art. Albania also sent many cultural delegations to China so that both countries could have a deeper exchange.
With Mr. Andy, his son Arion Xhoi was also with us during the interview. When we looked Arion, we asked: “Mr. Andy, as an experienced diplomat, how are you educating and guiding your child? Will he learn to be a diplomat and choose the same career path as you? What are his dreams?”
Mr. Andy said: “My son was born in the United States, went to kindergarten in another country, and now he is attending the sixth grade of primary school in China. I encouraged him to make more friends. He likes to be a football player. As for the future. Whether or not to work as a diplomat is his own choice. No matter what, I will support him.”
最后一个问题小记者们还与安迪先生中阿两国在教育领域的合作。采访结束后，中外新闻社小记者教Arion Xhoi跳中国舞。Arion Xhoi在使馆的足球练习场教小记者们踢足球。一时间，中阿两国青少年友好交流焕发了新活力，他们在共同续写中阿友好关系新篇章。
The last question was about the educational cooperation programs between China and Albania. At the end of the interview, our junior journalist taught Arion Xhoi the Chinese dance. In the embassy football field, Arion Xhoi played football with junior journalists. In that moment, China and Albania youth friendship exchange revealed new vitality, and they will continue writing new chapters of China and Albania’s friendly relations.