Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong called for increased cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries via the Confucius Institute.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the fifth conference of the Confucius Institutes in Beijing, Liu said the institute seems to be working remarkably well and has presented a window of China to the world.
"After five years’ development, the Confucius Institute is now standing at a new starting point," he said.
Named after ancient the Chinese philosopher Confucius, the institute is a non-profit public institution which aims to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries.
China.org.cn reports that China has set up more than 320 Confucius Institutes in 96 countries around the globe since the first one was established in 2004.