Young delegates grow Sino-Belarusian relations
The Hunan province capital and the Belarusian city of Mogilev strengthened their people-to-people exchanges with a group of students from Changsha rounding off an eight-day visit to the eastern European country on Nov 7.
The two cities confirmed friendly-city relations on June 30 this year, signing economic and trade cooperation agreements in a bid to strengthen mutual relations and further prospects of greater exchanges and cooperation.
Launched in August, the exchange activities selected 20 students from Changsha primary schools to represent the city and to carry out friendly exchanges in Mogilev.
Nicknamed as "ambassadors of friendship", the students delivered Changsha's mayor's letter of greetings to Vice Governor of Mogilev, Vladimir Tsumarev and carried out several cultural and sports exchanges with local schools during their visit.
Students from Mogilev give a warm welcome to the young Changsha delegates. [Photo by Chen Xi/icswb.com]
They also showcased calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, Peking Opera and some Chinese folk dances, offering a feast for Belarusian peers to appreciate Chinese cultures.
The exchange event also featured a visit to the Children's Science and Technology Museum in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where a China Cultural Center was inaugurated on Dec 21, 2016 and is set to enhance the understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Changsha students visit the Children's Science and Technology Museum in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. [Photo by Chen Xi/icswb.com]
"The exchanges between young people mark the first of such kind between China and Belarus," said Nina Ivanova, chairwoman of Belarusian Society of Friendship and Cultural Links with Foreign Countries, who took part in the exchange event on Nov 6. "Congratulations to you all on opening a new page in the history!"
The young Changsha delegates were also awarded with certificates for their excellent job promoting bilateral ties.
"Changsha will organize more exchange activities in the future to expand Changsha's international influence," said Zheng Lihu, director of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Changsha Municipal People's Government, one of the event's sponsors.
Changsha students perform folk dances for their Belarusian hosts during their eight-day exchange event in Mogilev. [Photo by Chen Xi/icswb.com]
Source: Chansha Evening News