China, Russia vow to deepen youth interaction
ST. PETERSBURG, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and her Russian counterpart Olga Golodets on Friday pledged to deepen youth interaction between the two countries.
Co-hosting an organizing committee of the China-Russia Youth Year with Golodets, Liu said the Youth Year is set to cement the bilateral traditional friendship and advance the comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.
The China-Russia Youth Year comes in 2014 as the two countries will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.
"We should plan more events that will deepen friendship and foster a sense of affinity among young people from both sides, and activities that help enhance mutual understanding should be encouraged," she said.
Liu also voiced the hope that the youth exchanges and interaction will inject new vigor into the development of bilateral ties.
Her words were echoed by Golodets, who noted that the Russia-China relations are at their historic best, and that fully-blooming people-to-people exchanges will further promote bilateral strategic partnership.
"Russia is willing to make joint efforts with China to intensify humanistic exchanges thus paving the way for President (Vladimir) Putin's state visit to China scheduled in May," said Golodets.
After the meeting, Liu and Golodets signed a plan for a series of reciprocal youth exchange activities in the coming two years, and attended the opening ceremony of the China-Russia Youth Year.
As part of the Youth Year events, a youth exchange program involving 100 schools and 10,000 students from both countries, as well as 1 million students of both sides to engage in on-line interactions, was also launched on the same day.
During his state visit to Russia in March last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Putin agreed to hold the China-Russia Youth Year of Friendship Exchanges in 2014 and 2015, the fourth theme program between the two sides.
Since 2006, the two countries have held reciprocal events, namely the Year of Russia in China in 2006, the Year of China in Russia in 2007, and language years in 2009 and 2010, followed by tourism years.
ST. PETERSBURG, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong Friday called on young peoples of China and Russia to combine their individual dreams with national prosperity and development and contribute to promoting friendly ties between the two countries.
Liu, during a speech delivered at the St. Petersburg State University in Russia's northern capital, spoke highly of the development of bilateral ties, calling China and Russia "good neighbors, friends and partners."
She said the current strategic partnership between the two countries is of the highest level in terms of foundation, connotation as well as regional and global clout.
The "Chinese dream" and the Russian rejuvenation dream fit each other well, while the two partners see their development as opportunities for each other, Liu noted.
The peoples of China and Russia enjoy a long-standing traditional friendship, and leaders of the two countries attach great importance to the people-to-people exchanges, raising it to strategic level, she said.
According to the Chinese official, humanitarian cooperation, together with political mutual trust and economic and trade cooperation, serves as three pillars of China-Russia ties.
At the moment, the humanitarian cooperation between the two neighbors covers various fields, including youth, education, culture, sports, tourism, and media.
Reciprocal theme year programs held in China and Russia recently, such as the National Year, Language Year, Tourism Year, have sparked long-running "China Fervor" and "Russia Fervor" in the two countries, Liu added.
The Launch of the China-Russia Youth Year of Friendship Exchanges is a new start, Liu said, expressing hope that the youth of the two countries could safeguard and maintain the friendly ties, pass on the tradition, and make contributions to world peace and development.
Following an opening ceremony of the Youth Year here on Friday, a series of activities, including a youth exchange program that involves 100 schools and 10,000 students from both countries, are expected to take place throughout the year.