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