Chinese youths score success for diplomacy
A record number of exchange programmes between young Chinese and foreign youths was made last year in a sign of the bigger role today's youths are playing in non-governmental diplomacy.
"There were more than 100 exchange programmes in 2004, involving about 3,000 foreign youngsters visiting China and 1,000 young Chinese going to countries throughout the world," said a spokesman from the Central Committee of Communist Youth League of China (CYLC), one of China's major popular youth organizations.
Chinese young people's exchanges with foreign youngsters is a major way for them to participate in world affairs, said youth leader Zhou Qiang, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the CYLC.
Some youth exchange programmes were conducted last year to celebrate important anniversaries between China and other nations.
As 2004 marked the 55th anniversary of China-Russia diplomatic relations, the presidents of the two nations dubbed it the "Friendship Year for Chinese-Russian Youth." Young people from both countries held 15 activities to celebrate throughout the year. It was also the 55th year of ties with Romania, and a Romanian delegation of 58 youths came to China to mark it in an event hosted by President Hu Jintao.
Some exchange programmes were initiated to discuss issues of common concern of Chinese and foreign youngsters.
Participants also discussed HIV/AIDS control and prevention, business, employment, health care and globalization.
Up to 80 per cent of youth exchange programmes in 2004 were marked by interaction with China's neighbouring countries.
Reviewing China's youth exchange initiatives in 2004, Zhou called on young Chinese people to "take a more active attitude and play a bigger role in global youth affairs."