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Chinese language skills contest held in Vietnamese capital

HANOI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The final round of the northern and central section of the 16th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students concluded here on Sunday.

The event was held by Hanoi University and co-organized by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation under China's Ministry of Education and the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam.

The final round was divided into four parts, including a themed speech, a Chinese knowledge quiz, an impromptu speech and a talent show, held offline at the meeting hall of Hanoi University.

Le Nguyet Quynh from Foreign Language Specialised School, Vietnam National University won in the final round, with 16 students from eight high schools contesting.

Nguyen Ngoc Linh Anh from Tran Phu Gifted High School in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam performed the solo Chinese song Chi Ling, hailed by the audience.

"I have learned Chinese for two years. I want to study in China to learn media after high school graduation, to achieve my goal to be a correspondent in the future," she told Xinhua.

Nguyen Thi Cuc Phuong, vice president of Hanoi University, said that Vietnam and China are friendly neighboring countries, share similar cultures and have profound friendships, which should be inherited by younger generations.

There are over 10,000 primary and middle school students, and 20,000 college students learning Chinese in Vietnam, according to Zheng Dawei, educational counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam.