（中外新闻社 中外新闻网 小记者北京报道）卢旺达共和国位于非洲中东部。中国和卢旺达是亲密的兄弟，友好的朋友和紧密的伙伴。1月29日上午，“见证友谊”---中外新闻社小记者团来到卢旺达驻华使馆，采访卢旺达驻华大使查尔斯 • 卡勇加阁下。
The Republic of Rwanda is located in the middle east of Africa. China and Rwanda are brothers, friends and close partners. On the morning of January 29th, “Witness Friendship” China Home and Abroad News Press 2018 Winter Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Rwandan Embassy in China and had exclusive interview withthe Rwandan Ambassador to China, His Excellency Mr. Charles Kayonga.
查尔斯 • 卡勇加大使和中外新闻社韦燕总裁共同主持采访活动，卢旺达使馆文化参赞卢文杰请致卡勇加大使欢迎辞。卡勇加大使说，感谢今天这么多年轻、美丽的孩子们来到我们大使馆。在卢旺达，我们都特别热爱儿童。因为我们每个人曾经都是小孩，就像在坐的你们一样。卢旺达的总统和中国习主席一样都是从小孩慢慢成长到现在一个伟大的领导者。所以当你们今天访问卢旺达大使馆，是一件非常重要的事，因为你们以后也会长大，成长为领导、部长、飞行员等。卢旺达和中国的地理位置相隔遥远，但两个国家依旧有许多相同之处。两个国家的人民都非常地热爱自己的土地，我们都曾为争取独立抗争过，我们都是热爱独立和自由的民族，这也是把我们两国联系在一起的原因之一。
Ambassador Kayongaand the President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yanco-chaired the interview. The Cultural Counselor of the Rwandan embassy, Mr Virgile Rwanyagatareinvited the Ambassador to make a welcome speech. Ambassador Kayongasaid that We are very happy today to see so many young and beautiful children coming to our embassy. In Rwanda, we all have special love for children because each of us was a child before, just like you. The President of Rwanda and Chinese President Xi are great leaders who grew up slowly from their childhood as well. Therefore, it is very important for you to visit the Rwandan embassy today because you will grow up and become leaders, ministers and pilots in the future. Rwanda is geographically far away from China, but there are still many similarities between the two countries. The people of both countries love their own motherlands. We have been fighting for our national independence. We love and cherish hard-win independence and freedom. This is one of the main reasons forconnecting our two countries together closely.
Junior journalists watcheda documentary film aboutRwanda in the meeting room. The film showed Rwanda’s lakes and mountains, local customs, wild animals like giraffes and elephants, birds and foresters as well as aerial ropeways. After seeing those interesting facts, junior journalists started to love this African country.
A junior journalist asked: “Hello Ambassador! You served as the Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Defense of Rwanda, the Army Chief of the Defense Forces, and Defense and Security Adviser to the President of Rwanda. July 8th, 2014 You presented your credentials to Chinese President Xi Jinping and became the Rwandan Ambassador to China. You are such an outstanding diplomat and experienced politician. Could you please share with us your understanding and feelings about Chinese culture?”
Ambassador: This is a good question. Firstly, culture is one of the most important parts of a country. China has the longest and unbroken 5000-year history and culture in the world, so I would think of many aspects when talking about Chinese culture. What you eat, howyou think, how to do things, how to love our own country, how to work are an integral part of our culture. In my views, Chinese people’s hard-working attitude is one of the most significant personality traits in Chinese culture, such a character from ancient to present throughout the history of China. The Chinese people built the Great Wall in history, and today they are still building various buildings, bridges and railroads, this leaves me with great respect for the Chinese people.
“Hello Ambassador! At the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Rwanda, you spoke highly of the friendly relations between the two countries. You said that people of both countries are deeply connected with each other. The people of Rwanda will never forget the Chinese people's support for national independence and liberation. In your opinions, how should the young people of both countries carry forward and continuously promote this precious traditional friendship? How should we promote the youth exchanges between the two countries? ” we asked.
Ambassador Kayonga said that after you grow up, I believe you will remember that you had been to the Embassy of Rwanda as a child. China and Rwanda have very good relations. Every year many students from Rwanda come to China for study. They will also learn a lot about Chinese culture when they come here. We can work well with China so that the friendship between the two countries will last forever.I also invite teachers to take their children to Rwanda. There are many rare animals and plants in Rwanda. Rwanda is the safest country in Africa and even more secure than many European countries. Therefore, I sincerely welcome all of you to Rwanda.
"The Republic of Rwanda is in the Middle East of Africa,one of the least developed countries in the world declared by the United Nations. May I ask Mr. Ambassador what the education system in Rwanda is and can all students complete their studies?” a junior journalist asked.
Ambassador Kayonga said that Rwandaattaches great importance to education and focuses its investment into the education system. We continually select great teachers from all over the world to come to teach in Rwanda. Now in the primary schools, the grade 1 and 2 students are already using computers for their study. The government ensures that all primary and secondary students will complete their studies.
During the interview, the meeting room was full of applause. The junior journalists were highly interested in the country's emphasis on its education. After the interview was over, the junior journalists were happy to present their new year gifts to the ambassador. The ambassador also provided delicious food and drinks for the students for a snack break. Then, we took group photos together. We all enjoyed this happy and wonderful time with the Rwandan diplomats in the embassy.