The Office of Chinese Language Council International
Hanban is the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-government and non-profit organisation affiliated to China's Ministry of Education. Hanban was established in 1987 and is committed to making Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services available to the world, as well as meeting the demands of overseas Chinese learners and contributing to the formation of a world of cultural diversity and harmony.
The 322 Confucius Institutes located in 96 countries and regions all around the world are not only a platform of language and cultural exchange, but also a bridge of friendship. The core focus of Hanban is on enhancing the mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and other peoples of the world, promoting economic and trade cooperation as well as scientific, technological and cultural exchanges.
Hanban is composed of members from 12 state ministries and commissions, namely, 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 and the State Language Committee.