Camp helps youth from for­mer Soviet states learn more about life in Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A group of young pro­fes­sion­als from Rus­sia and for­mer Soviet states are par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pro­gram in Tai­wan that they said has helped them learn more about the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

The 2015 In­ter­na­tional Youth Lead­er­ship Camp, or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, has brought to­gether 18 par­tic­i­pants from Ar­me­nia, Ge­or­gia, Rus­sia, Ta­jik­istan, Azer­bai­jan and Kyr­gyzs­tan to Tai­wan from Aug. 21-31.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to know Tai­wan, its history, its cul­ture and its peo­ple,” said Aynura Gasi­mova of Azer­bai­jan dur­ing a re­cep­tion held by the min­istry Fri­day to welcome the for­eign par­tic­i­pants.

The 30-year-old noted that there is not much in­for­ma­tion about Tai­wan in her coun­try, and that she hoped such events will help in­crease aware­ness in the for­mer Soviet coun­tries about Tai­wan.

Em­ployed in the news media, Gasi­mova said she was im­pressed by Tai­wan’s beau­ti­ful land­scapes, de­li­cious food and friendly peo­ple, as well as the de­vel­op­ment of science-driven in­dus­tries and health care ser­vices.

She also ex­pressed hope that both coun­tries will find more ways to co­op­er­ate and share ex­pe­ri­ences with each other.

Aram Kocharyan from Ar­me­nia said he ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to visit dif­fer­ent places in Tai­wan, giv­ing him a chance to learn more about var­i­ous as­pects of Tai­wan, from cul­ture to tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment.

The pro­gram was an op­por­tu­nity for the par­tic­i­pants to be­come an am­bas­sador for Tai­wan when they re­turn to their home coun­try, said the 24-year old, a teach­ing as­sis­tant at a univer­sity.

In his re­marks, Deputy For­eign Min- is­ter Si­mon Ko said the pro­gram not only in­tro­duces Tai­wan’s cul­ture and food, but also in­cludes talks on the im­prove­ment of the cross-Tai­wan Strait re­la­tions and Tai­wan’s in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Not­ing that eight Tai­wanese young adults are ac­com­pa­ny­ing the for­eign visi­tors, Ko said it cre­ates an op­por­tu­nity for pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­changes be­tween young peo­ple.

The for­eign par­tic­i­pants are aged from 21-34 and they come from gov­ern­ment agen­cies, par­lia­ments, the news media and non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, the min­istry said.

The In­ter­na­tional Youth Camp pro­gram, which was launched in 2009, is aimed at build­ing an un­der­stand­ing of Tai­wan among in­ter­na­tional youth as part of the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­mote the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tional im­age, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

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