The Fifth China-Africa Youth Festival kicked off in Beijing on Oct 26, 2020. On the opening day, close to one hundred Chinese and African youths participated in roundtable talks on the theme of "China-Africa cooperation in fighting against COVID-19" and "China-Africa poverty reduction experience". Shi Shaojing, Counsellor of the Department of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Bai Xiaofeng, Executive Vice Secretary-General of China-Africa Business Council, delivered keynote speeches. Representatives of African students studying in China and students from School of African Studies of Beijing Foreign Studies University shared their ideas during the roundtable talks.
Shi Shaojing introduced the cooperation between China and Africa in fighting against COVID-19. Bai Xiaofeng addressed on promoting education, poverty reduction and economic growth in Africa through investment and training. 8 representatives from both sides shared their experience and ideas on the two themes.
In the afternoon, they learned and experienced Chinese traditional culture in the forms of Peking Opera, a tea ceremony, craft dyeing, needlework, and Chinese traditional musical instruments.
In the evening, a welcome party was held, on which Chinese and African youths staged amazing performances and danced together to African folk music.
During the seven-day festival, in addition to Beijing, African youths will also travel to Jiangxi province, visiting working sites of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Chinese enterprises, and high-tech parks, as well as discovering China's natural landscapes.
(Source: Department of International Cooperation and Exchange)