Xi charges youths as China hosts China Asia-Africa fes­ti­val

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The first Asia-Africa Youth Fes­ti­val be­gan yes­ter­day in Bei­jing, China, with a charge from Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to young peo­ple from the two con­ti­nents to strive for the re­ju­ve­na­tion of their con­ti­nents un­der the guid­ance of the Ban­dung Spirit.

In his re­marks in a con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage to the open­ing cer­e­mony of the fes­ti­val held at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple, Xi urged Asian and African coun­tries to strengthen their unity and deepen their co­op­er­a­tion to bet­ter serve the peo­ple of the two con­ti­nents.

The pres­i­dent, who said young peo­ple were key to re­ju­ve­nat­ing Africa and Asia and the de­vel­op­ment of mankind, also said Asia and Africa were two con­ti­nents with three quar­ters of the world’s pop­u­la­tion and should there­fore im­bibe the spirit of co­op­er­a­tion es­tab­lished by their an­ces­tors.

The Ban­dung Spirit of sol­i­dar­ity, friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion, is a prod­uct of the AsianAfrican Con­fer­ence in 1955, also known as the Ban­dung Con­fer­ence. It has played a ma­jor role in ad­vanc­ing AsianAfrican co­op­er­a­tion and push­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions to­wards the cor­rect di­rec­tion, Xi said. Xi said he put for­ward the idea of hold­ing the event last year at the 60th an­niver­sary of the Ban­dung Con­fer­ence, where dis­cus­sions on friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Asia and Africa as well as their de­vel­op­ment and re­ju­ve­na­tion, took place.

Chi­nese Vice Pres­i­dent, Li Yuan­chao, in a key­note speech to 600 young del­e­gates from 36 Asian and African coun­tries, ex­pressed the hope that young peo­ple from Asian and African coun­tries would be­come a new force for AsianAfrican friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion, and jointly cre­ate a bright fu­ture for the two con­ti­nents.

He urged young peo­ple to foster a keen sense of com­mu­nity of shared des­tiny and strive for build­ing a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions with win­win co­op­er­a­tion at its core, safe­guard­ing the rights and in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing na­tions.

Li ex­pressed hope that the Asian and African youths would strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mu­tual learn­ing, carry for­ward the tra­di­tional friend­ship be­tween the two peoples and cre­ate a new cul­ture of co­op­er­a­tion.

Vice Pres­i­dent Li who also un­veiled the fes­ti­val’s logo, in his re­marks said peace and de­vel­op­ment re­mained the themes of the times and called for greater cor­po­ra­tion, unity and strength be­tween Asia and Africa coun­tries as he said it was his hope that young peo­ple in both con­ti­nents would pro­mote and take for­ward the Ban­dung spirit to­wards in­crease mu­tual learn­ing and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing.

Chi­nese Vice Pres­i­dent, Mr. Li Yuan­chao (3rd right), un­veils the Asia- Africa Youth Fes­ti­val logo in Bei­jing yes­ter­day.

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