A Chinese youth delegation launched a seven-day visit to Russia, with the aim of promoting understanding and cooperation between young people from the two countries.
The delegation, which consists of around 100 delegates from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), was invited by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Russian Union of Youth for a series of exchange activities in Moscow and Ulyanovsk of Russia. The members include young experts, science and technology personnel, entrepreneurs, journalists and college students.
The large-scale visit is carried out within the framework of a reciprocal visit agreement signed between the two countries in 2015, according to Wan Xuejun, head of the delegation and assistant chairman of the ACYF.
From 2014 to 2015, the China-Russia Youth Friendly Exchange Year was held in both countries, deepening mutual understanding, bilateral ties and traditional long-standing friendship.
The delegates visited the Red Square and watched the closing ceremony of the 25th Russian College Students' Art Festival in Moscow on May 19. The delegates were deeply impressed by Russian students' marvelous and enthralling performances at the art festival, which serves as the country's most important platform for young people to showcase their artistic talent.
On May 20, the delegation laid a flower basket at the Monument to Vladimir Lenin (1870 - 1924) in his hometown Ulyanovsk, and paid a visit to Ulyanovsk No. 1 Middle School, where the Soviet state founder once studied. They also visited the former residence of Lenin's family and learned more about his revolutionary life and activities at Lenin Memorial Museum.
The delegation will also attend the China-Russia Youth Forum to be held at Ulyanovsk State Universityon May 22.
Tatyana Kirillova, the vice president of Ulyanovsk State University, thought that young people from both countries can work together for the better development of bilateral ties.
Kirillova said, "I do hope the steps our two governments have taken can be followed by our young people in the future. They should understand the culture of each other, the language of each other and know the history to avoid making mistakes. The future is at the hands of our young people, and I hope they won't lose the opportunity our government gives them."
In 2015, heads of state of the two countries agreed to align development of the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).