An International Youth Dialogue was held at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) from Sept. 21-23, 2018, during which a Beijing initiative to guide international youth to become the pioneering force for global opening up and development was released.
The annual UIBE-hosted dialogue, with a theme of "An Open China to Connect the World,"enables international scholars, experts, and youth to jointly explore the functions and roles of the youth in global opening up and development.
Wen Jun, deputy secretary of the Party Committee of UIBE, in her welcoming speech stressed distinctive international characteristics of the university, long dedicated to cultivating international talent and providing opportunities to world youth for cultural exchange.
Meanwhile, Yang Xiaochun, deputy director of the China Center for International People to People Exchange affiliated to the Ministry of Education, said the dialogue helped strengthen communication among young people, and was playing an important role in promoting international cooperation along the "Belt and Road" and building a community of a shared future for mankind.
Yu Hongjun, former vice minister of International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said in his keynote speech that China had made remarkable progress in deeply integrating with the world through opening up, becoming the new norm of the development of international relations.
Xin Xiangyang, vice dean of the Institute of Information Studies, under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, later delivered a speech on how to enhance opening up in the new era. He stressed it was China's firm national policy to further promote and enhance reform and opening up.
Rainer Winter, professor of media and cultural theory at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, believed that, in order to better understand youth, it was first necessary to understand the media in the digital era and observe the connection between it and the world more pragmatically.
Professor Gerald Knapp from the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt said youth in China and Europe had various opportunities to make their dreams come true; however, they needed to keep an open mind to accept other cultures and their goals.
Professor Zahid Anwar, director of the China Study Centre (CSC) under Pakistan's University of Peshawar said academic exchanges between the two countries were an important supplement to promoting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Chinese female table tennis player Chen Meng delivered a speech on behalf of youth, saying she believed sport offered the most lively language for communication between young people. (Zhang Chen)