China’s first lady Peng Liyuan pens letter to German students

German students
China's President Xi Jinping (L) and his wife Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival at Macau's international airport in Macau on Dec. 18, 2019. Peng recently penned a letter addresed to German students to strengthen the friendship between the peoples of China and Germany. Source: Anthony Wallace/AFP

Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, wrote a letter on Tuesday to German students and teachers at Burggymnasium, a public secondary school in Essen, Germany, encouraging them to strengthen the friendship between the peoples of China and Germany.

In the letter, Peng wrote that she had watched a video of four students from the school’s Chinese choir singing a Chinese song titled “After the Pandemic,” and felt that students had expressed warmth and good wishes towards the citizens of all countries to win the battle against COVID-19 soon.

She recalled that one year ago, the students from the school recorded the Chinese song “Let the World Be Filled with Love” to support China in combating the pandemic, conveying their friendship to the Chinese. With the pandemic still raging, Peng expressed her concern about their health and hoped that they, along with their family members, are safe and able to protect themselves well.

Peng stressed her belief that the snow would melt and that spring will be on its way, and if people of all countries join hands, the pandemic will be defeated.

She also invited the students and teachers to revisit China for an exchange and study trip after the pandemic. She called on them to contribute to strengthening the friendship between peoples of China and Germany, especially the young peoples.

Burggymnasium is one of the 12 oldest public schools in Germany. It set up the Chinese course in 1994 and organised the students and teachers to visit China for exchange and study multiple times.

In March 2014, when Peng accompanied Xi on a state visit to Germany, she visited the school and sat in on a Chinese class. In October 2016, Peng met the school’s students and teachers in Beijing on their study trip to China.

This article originally appeared on CGTN.