The Fifth China-Africa Youth Festival: Creating a new era of China-Africa relations

Dr. Sumayyah Hosany delivered a speech in the opening ceremony “The 5th China-Africa Youth Festival” (Photo / Hanane Thamik)

by Hanane Thamik

The China-Africa Youth Festival is the most dynamic brand event under the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum. It is an important platform for Chinese and African youths to collide ideas, deepen understanding, learn from each other, and enhance friendship.

Recently, the Fifth China-Africa Youth Festival was held in Beijing and Jiangxi from October 25 to October 31 in 2020. Sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the event was organized by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the People’s Government of Jiangxi Province. The China-Africa youth exchange platform continues the traditional friendship between China and Africa and creates a future for the common development of Chinese and African youth.

Madame Song Qingling (Photo / Hanane Thamik)

The China Soong Ching Ling Foundation was established in Beijing on May 29, 1982. Through sustained efforts on domestic and foreign affairs, Madame Song Qingling brought outstanding contribution to world peace, social progress, people’s happiness, international friendship, mutual understanding and exchanges between countries, women’s rights, and children’s cultural and educational welfare as well as China’s reunification. She is considered one of the greatest women of the 20th century.

Since its establishment, the Foundation remains committed to three main objectives stipulated in its Charter: Enhancing international friendship, promoting China’s reunification, and advancing Children’s welfare”. With support from friendly organizations and enthusiastic supporters both from home and abroad, the Foundation has carried out its work on promoting international friendship, intensifying cross-strait exchanges, developing women and children’s healthcare, alleviating poverty, popularizing science, literature, and art, and advancing sports and health cause. Its remarkable effectiveness in these fields has won its great reputation.

Dr. Sumayyah Hosany delivered a speech in the opening ceremony “The 5th China-Africa Youth Festival” (Photo / Hanane Thamik)

Sumayyah Hosany, a Mauritius doctor in China, volunteered at a novel coronavirus prevention-and-control checkpoint of an expressway exit in Wenzhou in East China’s Zhejiang province. Speaking of her choice to volunteer in the medical team, she said that China has become her second hometown over the 12 years she studied and worked in the country, and that volunteering was her way of giving back to the local community. She believed that in dealing with the challenge presented by the pandemic, China-Africa cooperation will inject new momentum in global economic development.

Dr. Joseph Olivier Mendo’o during the China-Africa Youth Roundtable Conference (Photo / Hanane Thamik)

“The hope for Africa-China relations in the next 20 years lies in youth.” Joseph Olivier Mendo’o, a Cameroonian student from the School of International Relations at Peking University, expressed his deep feelings for China in fluent Chinese. “Africa and China attach great importance to building a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, which creates precious opportunities for the development of the youth of both sides. We should seize the opportunity and use our strength to promote the trust and dispel doubts of both sides.

Eric Mupona Tungamirai raised questions to the committee members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (Photo/ Hanane Thamik)

Eric Mupona Tungamirai from Zimbabwe, an international student of ZUST, believed that in dealing with the challenge presented by the pandemic, China-Africa cooperation will inject new momentum in global economic development. “China and Africa have a profound traditional friendship and are good friends and brothers sharing weal and woe. We will continue to work hand in hand to contribute to the construction of a community of common destiny for China and Africa. “. In the future, he will stay in China to promote cooperation and cultural communication between China and Africa.

Korongo Moussa Paul, a young Malian, was amazed by the skill of Chinese craftsmen and the delicacy of their products. Ceramics not only have traditional cultural connotations but also create economic value, which inspired Moussa. “He hopes to learn from the development experience of Jingdezhen, tap the excellent traditional culture of Mali, and make his contribution to the economic development of his hometown.

As a youth representative of Morocco, I was deeply impressed by China’s strategic achievements in the fight against the epidemic. The Chinese government has always put the people’s life safety and health first; China has a strong organization and coordination ability and has taken a series of measures to successfully contain the epidemic situation. At the same time, it has actively promoted the resumption of work and production, and the economic and social order has been steadily restored. “The world has once again witnessed the strength of China with the unity of mind.”.

I acknowledge that the relations between Morocco and China have noticed the remarkable pace of development of their cooperation in recent years in various fields, based on the strong diplomatic relations that bind them, as well as the strong political will that forces them to move towards promising horizons for cooperation.

Hanane Thamik is a Ph.D. scholar at the School of Information Management at Wuhan University.

The preceding article expresses the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of CGTN Africa or its staff.