China-Africa Youth Festival held for FOCAC 20th anniversary

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Chinese President Xi Jinping chairs a China-Africa leaders' meeting in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. The meeting was also attended by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, also former African co-chair of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC); Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, also rotating chair of the African Union; Senegalese President Macky Sall, current African co-chair of the FOCAC; and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Chinese President Xi Jinping chairs a China-Africa leaders’ meeting in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

The fifth China-Africa Youth Festival opened Monday in Beijing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

During the seven-day festival, 42 African youth representatives will visit enterprises and high-tech parks in Beijing and Jiangxi Province in east China, and communicate with Chinese youth delegates.

The festival has become an important platform for young people from China and African countries to deepen friendly exchanges and advance mutual learning since it was inaugurated in 2016, Wang Jiarui, chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, said at the opening ceremony.

Deng Li, assistant minister of foreign affairs, encouraged young people from China and African countries to work in unity to further improve the FOCAC.

The festival is jointly held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the Jiangxi Provincial Government.

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