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More than 70,000 young Latin Americans are currently studying Mandarin at 45 Confucius Institutes in the region, and many other Latin Americans take part in Chinese cultural events organized by the institutes, said Roberto Lafontaine, director of the Santiago-based Regional Center of Confucius Institutes in Latin America.

Chile was the first country in the region to host a Confucius Institute eight years ago Tim Schaller Jersey , Lafontaine said, adding that his center now has branches in Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela Torey Krug Jersey , Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, as well as in the English-speaking Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas and Jamaica.

""More than a million people (in Latin America) participate in cultural activities organized by the Confucius Institutes,"" said Lafontaine.

Among these events in Chile was the presentation of a play about the life of famed Chinese admiral and explorer Zheng He in the 15th century David Krejci Jersey , following presentations in Brazil and Argentina.

For Latin Americans, China used to be an exotic and mysterious land, yet ""today there is a growing interest in its development"", Lafontaine told Xinhua.

People want to know more about China's fashion trend, architecture, literature, film Danton Heinen Jersey , among others, and the Confucius Institutes offer them an opportunity to know more about the Chinese culture, he said.

Different from many Confucius Institutes operating within universities, some institutes choose to reach out to local communities and streets, Lafontaine added.

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Lafontaine said his regional center is opening Confucius Institutes in all Chilean cities, which is expected to reach 14 by the end of the year.

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All 10,000 chickens in the farm will be culled by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). The 34 poultry-related farms in a 10 km radius around the farm will also be examined for bird flu.

According to the Ministry, the new reported case concerns the H5 variant avian influenza. The exact type of the virus, whether it is a low pathogenic or highly pathogenic variant, is still under investigation.

On Thursday, bird flu was detected at a poultry farm in Ter Aar in the province of South Holland. The Ministry on Friday said that case was related to the dangerous H5N8 variant. Friday also saw the culling of 43 Anders Bjork Jersey ,000 chickens in Ter Aar.

The outbreak of bird flu in the Netherlands began last Saturday in the village of Hekendorp, in the province of Utrecht. All 150,000 chickens in Hekendorp have since been culled.

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