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1/14/2007 Beijing (Xinhua)- China has released a series of bilingual Chinese-English books called the 'Library of Chinese Classics' to introduce Chinese culture to the outside world.

Comprising 92 volumes, the 51 types of classic books cover well-known poetry, anthologies and novels. Some date back to more than 2,500 years, according to the State Press and Publication Administration (SPPA).

One of them is 'The Analects of Confucius', a Confucian classic that appeared in book form in the early Warring States Period (475 BC-221 BC). It recorded the dialogues, stories and anecdotes of legendary philosopher Confucius.

'The books are regarded as the essence of Chinese classics and represent the best of China's academic, publishing and translating circles,' said Ren Jiyu, honorary curator of the National Central Library.

The language barrier has hindered China from introducing its culture to the rest of the world.

Since 1994, China has initiated experts at home and abroad to translate these classics to enable more foreign readers to have access to Chinese culture and literature.

(Contributed by Asia Pacific News)