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International youths visit Shanghai, hold dialogue

By Guo Yiming   |    CICG, July 13, 2023

A group of 17 youth representatives from 12 countries including China, Russia, Spain, and Argentina visited Shanghai and participated in a dialogue on the theme of new development concept and Chinese modernization from July 4 to 5.

Young representatives visit the Shanghai Free Trade Zone on July 4, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

They visited the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, and the Hongqiao community of Changning district to learn about the city's development, urban planning, and community-based governance. 

On June 5, the youth representatives participated in the International Youth Dialogue on New Development Concept and Chinese Modernization, where they held in-depth discussions and shared their impressions and takeaways from the visit.

Pronkina Olga, a Russian professor at Gansu University of Political Science and Law, delivers a speech at the international youth dialogue in Shanghai on July 5, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

Pronkina Olga, a Russian professor at Gansu University of Political Science and Law, emphasized the crucial role of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in ensuring China's development. In her speech, she highlighted the remarkable achievements that China has made in the economy, people's well-being, and diplomacy under the leadership of the CPC. She also praised the Belt and Road Initiative as a demonstration of China's commitment to international cooperation, offering innovative solutions to address global instability and showcasing the country's responsible role as a major nation.

Reflecting on the visit to the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, she noted that Shanghai's exceptional economic progress serves as a valuable model for other free trade zones in China and free trade zones worldwide.

Pedro Steenhagen, a Brazilian Ph.D. student at Fudan University, highlighted China's unique path to modernization, noting that developing countries can find alternative paths to sound and green development rather than following the trajectories of developed countries.

As a supporting event for the CPC International Image Innovation Forum, the visit and the dialogue were organized by the China Center for International Communication Development under China International Communications Group, with support from Shanghai University.