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About 100 young people from China and African countries gathered in Beijing on Tuesday to open the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival. The event is sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Soong Ching Ling Foundation.

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The China-Africa Youth Festival has been held annually since 2016.

Forty-five African students representing 44 countries and around 60 Chinese youth were at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

The theme of this year’s event celebrates the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party, the wisdom and responsibility of young people, and a new chapter in common development between Africa and China.

“Every Chinese and African youth is a builder and promoter of a common future for the China-Africa community. I hope you can remember the glorious history of China-Africa relations and continue to safeguard the unity of the China and Africa, and deepen mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and African peoples, ”said Deng Li, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of China.

Olivier Mendo’o from Cameroon is undertaking doctoral studies at Peking University. This is the second time he has participated in the festival. He said Africa’s huge young population can be a catalyst for relationships.

“If you look at the African population, 60 percent is under 25. It’s very young. So to us having this meaningful platform means a lot, so that we can merge our minds and help our governments establish harmonious cooperation or communication between China and African countries.

Participants learn how to make handicrafts at the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival in Beijing, China. / Chinese Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Participants learn how to make handicrafts at the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival in Beijing, China. / Chinese Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Events like these have become treasured places for education, given travel restrictions linked to COVID-19.

“Due to the pandemic, it is very difficult for us to visit African countries. I think it is a valuable opportunity for us to meet my peers from Africa to learn more about their cultures and share our opinions on some issues. “said Liu Hongbin, a Swahili student at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Participants present their tie-dye fabric at the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival. / Chinese Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Participants present their tie-dye fabric at the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival. / Chinese Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Singer from Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kargbo, also shared her thoughts on the festival. “When people are together, we learn about the culture, understanding and what you like and what you don’t like. And I’ll take what I’m missing, and I’ll learn from you. It’s a platform. It is a platform of unity and a platform of love, ”said Kargbo.

Participants attend the opening ceremony of the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival in Beijing, China on October 19, 2021. / China Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Participants attend the opening ceremony of the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival in Beijing, China on October 19, 2021. / China Soong Ching Ling Foundation

The programs for the next three days include Chinese cultural performances and visits to some landmarks in the Chinese capital, the sites of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the Chinese Communist Party Museum.

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