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国务院新闻办公室网站 www.scio.gov.cn   2017-05-22   来源:China.org.cn
  

The Chinese Youth Delegation pays a visit to the Lenin Memorial Museum in Ulyanovsk, Russia, on May 20, 2017. [Zhang Junmian/China.org.cn]

A Chinese youth delegation launched a seven-day visit to Russia on May 18, with the aim of promoting understanding and cooperation between young people from the two countries.

The delegation, which consists of around 100 delegates from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), was invited by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Russian Union of Youth for a series of exchange activities in Moscow and Ulyanovsk of Russia. The members include young experts, science and technology personnel, entrepreneurs, journalists and college students.

The large-scale visit is carried out within the framework of a reciprocal visit agreement signed between the two countries in 2015, according to Wan Xuejun, head of the delegation and assistant chairman of the ACYF.

From 2014 to 2015, the China-Russia Youth Friendly Exchange Year was held in both countries, deepening mutual understanding, bilateral ties and traditional long-standing friendship.

The delegates visited the Red Square and watched the closing ceremony of the 25th Russian College Students' Art Festival in Moscow on May 19. The delegates were deeply impressed by Russian students' marvelous and enthralling performances at the art festival, which serves as the country's most important platform for young people to showcase their artistic talent.

On May 20, the delegation laid a flower basket at the Monument to Vladimir Lenin (1870 - 1924) in his hometown Ulyanovsk, and paid a visit to Ulyanovsk No. 1 Middle School, where the Soviet state founder once studied. They also visited the former residence of Lenin's family and learned more about his revolutionary life and activities at Lenin Memorial Museum.

The delegation will also attend the China-Russia Youth Forum to be held at Ulyanovsk State Universityon May 22.

Tatyana Kirillova, the vice president of Ulyanovsk State University, thought that young people from both countries can work together for the better development of bilateral ties.

Kirillova said, "I do hope the steps our two governments have taken can be followed by our young people in the future. They should understand the culture of each other, the language of each other and know the history to avoid making mistakes. The future is at the hands of our young people, and I hope they won't lose the opportunity our government gives them."

In 2015, heads of state of the two countries agreed to align development of the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Kirillova believed that the initiative will bring more opportunities for future cooperation and that the two countries should work together for common development.

Kirillova said, "Just as 50 years ago, we are friends, sisters and brothers, and we have one desire -- our country should be stronger and wealthier, and it is easier to do that together, so why not?"

"We know that China's economy is one of the strongest in the world now, and Russia is also strong, so why not combine our efforts for our future generations?"

Li Minghai, a member of Ganzhou Youth Federation in Jiangxi Province, said bilateral exchanges bring countries and peoples closer. Li stressed, "It is through bilateral exchanges that young people in other countries learn more about China and eliminate misunderstandings about China. This is good for us."

Zhou Dan, a student from Shanghai International Studies University and a volunteer for interpretation, believes bilateral exchanges promote youth participation and development.

"I am a member of the youth and I think such exchanges help us broaden our vision and learn more about other countries," said Zhou, who served as a volunteer when a Russian youth delegation visited China in 2015.

Nastya Fefelova, a junior in economy at Ulyanovsk State University, said Chinese young people help Russian people learn more about China. "I hope I can go to China in the future. China is developing very fast and we can seek mutual development."

China-Russia ties are at the highest level in history and the overall strategic cooperation partnership between the two countries has been developing steadily. Bilateral cooperation has been deepened in areas including education, energy, trade, manufacturing, sports, tourism and people-to-people communication.

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