HANBAN or the Office of Chinese Language Council International was established by the Chinese Government in 1987 to promote and foster the study of Mandarin internationally.

HANBAN’s vision is to enhance mutual understanding and friendships between the Chinese people and other peoples of the world, promoting trade, economic co-operation, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges.

HANBAN comprises members from 12 state ministries and commissions:

The General Office of the State Council

The Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Finance

The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The State Development and Reform Commission

The Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Culture

The State Administration of Radio Film and Television (China Radio International)

The State Press and Publications Administration

The State Council Information Office

The State Language Committee

http://www.hanban.org

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