Remarks by Ambassador Luo Zhaohui at the Gala Night for China-India Youth
2017/11/17

(November 17th, 2017)

Dr. Amarendra Kumar Dubey, Secretary of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports,

Ms. Yin Dongmei, Person in Charge, All-China Youth Federation,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Namaste!

I am very delighted to see so many young and lively faces today. Welcome to our Embassy. Present here today are outstanding representatives of Chinese and Indian youth, the Stars of Tomorrow in the development of China and India. I hope that today’s function will not only be a joyous event for young people, but also a platform to make new friends and exchange ideas.

India is an important stop during the youthhood of my wife Dr. Jiang Yili and me. More than 20 years ago, inspired by our love for Indian culture, we came here for work and study respectively. At that time, there were not many channels to visit India. Being a diplomat or student was the most viable options. Today, as our economy and society continue to grow and China-India relations keep developing, young people have much more access and opportunities to engage. From this perspective, you all have better historical opportunities and conditions than my generation to contribute to the development of China-India relations.

India, like China, has a huge youth population. According to a 2014 UN report, the population between 10 and 24 years old in China and in India is 269 million and 356 million respectively, taking the top two places in the world. In 2017, there are 7.95 million college graduates in China. According to Indian media reports, there are as many as 5 million graduates each year in India. Both countries are faced with the task of giving full play to their “youth advantages” and promoting sustainable economic development.

During the recently-concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jinping pointed out that a nation will prosper only when its young people thrive; a country will be full of hope and have a great tomorrow only when its younger generations have ideals, ability, and a strong sense of responsibility. The Chinese Dream is a dream about history, the present, and the future. It is a dream of our generation, but even more so, a dream of the younger generations. The Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation will be realized ultimately through the endeavors of young people, generation by generation.

The party congress decided to cultivate a large number of young scientists and engineers and open more channels for college graduates and other young people to find jobs, start their own businesses, and to set the stage for them to excel. The report has set the course for tapping into Chinese youth’s demographic dividend.

In recent years, India has launched various programs such as “Make in India”, “Skill India” and “Startup India”. Many of these initiatives encourage young people to innovate, start their own businesses, and strive to provide impetus for sustained economic growth. China and India have similar national conditions, development stages and development goals. Both countries can enhance policy dialogues, exchange ideas and learn from each other on how to promote the all-round development of youth and create a sound environment for them.

Friends,

China-India relations are in a crucial period. During the BRICS Summit this September, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached important consensus on strengthening our bilateral relations. Both sides agreed to look ahead and start a new chapter. The 19th National Congress of the CPC announced that China will deepen relations with its neighbors in accordance with the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness as well as the policy of forging friendship and partnership with its neighbors. We wish to build a community with a shared future for mankind, and an open, inclusive, clean, and beautiful world with lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity. This will have a positive impact on the future development of China-India relations.

The youth are the future of the country and the world. You are the future of China-India relations. Youth exchanges are an important part of the China-India relations. Since 2006, the youth delegations have visited each other for ten times. In recent years, the BRICS Youth Forum, the Asian-African Youth Festival, the SCO Youth Exchange Camp, the Young Sinologist Training Program and other multilateral youth activities also provide great platforms for our young people. In the future, while promoting short-term programs such as the exchange of visits between our young people, we should also achieve more breakthroughs in long-term programs such as exchange of international students, visiting scholars, scientists and engineers.

In the coming days, the youth delegation from China will visit various places in India. India is now in a crucial period of reform with great momentum for development. It is a good opportunity for the young people from both countries to communicate and learn from each other. We hope that our young people could make more friends, present a true China to India, and bring India’s good experiences and practices back to China.

To conclude, I wish you all have a pleasant evening! Thank you!

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