Recently the Yomiuri News reported the following:
The plan to establish Exchange Center With Japan in five famous universities in China was being advanced
After the fishing boat collision incident off the coast of Senkaku Islands, public sentiments in China and Japan had deteriorated, with that in mind, the aim was to support the exchange of students and researchers so as to deepen the mutual understanding between the younger generation.
The China-Japan youth exchange center was scheduled to be established in Beijing University, Qinghai University, Fudan, Shanghai Jiaotong, and the Zhejiang University. Hong Kong businessman Cho Ki-yaw (71) offered a capital of 20 million yuan (about 250 million yen) to each university for the construction of exchange facilities for students and researchers, and lodging for the international students.
Qinghai University, the Zhejiang University, and the Beijing University had already received the contribution, and the remaining two universities was expected to agree shortly.
Mr. Cho had the experience of studying in Japan, and his worries about the recent deterioration between Japan-China relations had firmed up his decision. It was said that ｢These five universities are generating top-class people who are taking up the leading role in the Chinese society. I want to deepen the exchange of Japanese students and to build friendship｣. He called on universities in Japan to also consider establishing similar centers in future.
The effort to improve mutual understanding between China and Japan is much appreciated.