"I'm so happy, we can have this face to face communication today ..." This was the first sentence the South Korean Ambassador to China H.E. Mr. Youngse Kwon said to us when he greeted us at the embassy in the afternoon of January 24th. We felt privileged and welcomed by his kind gesture.
The ambassador Mr. Youngse Kwon sat down in the middle of the meeting hall with great dignity while our group of junior journalists sat around him. During his welcoming speech, he expressed that he was pleased to meet fellow junior journalists and thanked Home and Abroad News Press for facilitating this opportunity. In his view, young children are the driving force for a country and it is very important to connect the youth between China and South Korea. He also reviewed the 21 years of establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries; he expected South Korea and China will take more opportunities to strengthen exchanges, develop mutual respect and trust on all levels. He also expressed that during his term as the ambassador to China, he will make more efforts and contributions to extend the great relationship shared between the two countries.
One of the junior journalists asked the first question: "Hello Ambassador, we know that you have two daughters, the older one is studying in university while the younger one is still in high school. My question is how do you educate your children? Will they study Chinese language?"
"When I look at you all, it makes me think about my girls at the same age. I often teach them that while they learn and appreciate their own heritage and culture, they should also learn and respect to foreign heritages and cultures, especially in China. I asked them to learn Chinese and make friends with the 1.3 billion Chinese people."
The ambassador also shared his point of view on promoting cultural integration and communication between the youths of both countries and South Korea’s advanced education systems.
During the interview at the South Korean embassy, we not only learnt a lot about the country and the relationship between China and South Korea, but also we received the “Certificates of Excellence” from the ambassador. We deeply appreciated the ambassador and his time and waved the national flags of China and South Korea when leaving the embassy to express our strong emotions for this wonderful visit.
|韩国驻华大使权宁世(Mr.Kwon Youngse)、新闻参赞河贤凤先生（Mr.Ha Hyeonbong）与中外新闻社小记者们合影|