BEIJING — The government plans to channel 360 million yuan ($57.6 million) to its overseas cultural centers in 2015, an increase of 181 percent from 2014, the Ministry of Culture said on Feb 11.
There were 20 China culture centers in operation by the end of 2014. The first two were set up in Mauritius and Benin in 1988.
“By the end of 2014, about 1.34 billion yuan had been invested in overseas cultural centers,” Yan Dongsheng, a deputy director of the ministry’s finance department, said in a press briefing.
Centers in Brussels and Singapore are slated for opening later this year, said Yan.
The government plans to have 50 centers across the globe by 2020.
While the centers are mainly financed by the central government, the ministry is also encouraging investment from social organizations and China-funded institutions.
The cultural centers host exhibitions; provide Chinese historical and social development information; and host courses in Chinese martial arts, music, language and cuisine.