Source：Silk Road Cities Alliance
Source：Silk Road Cities Alliance
Dauntless, the youth is following their dreams all the way. On July 8, the 5th Silk Road & Young Dreams - Meeting Colorful Pakistan cultural night was held at the Pakistani Embassy in China. Mr. Li Jun, Vice President of China NGO Network for International Exchanges, Mr. Li Xikui, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Representative of International Relations Division, External Affairs Department, General Administration of Sport of China, H.E. Moin ul Haque, Ambassador of Pakistan to China, H.E. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China, Mr. Ahmed Farooq, Deputy Head of Mission of Pakistani Embassy in China, Ms. Cecilia Chirita, Cultural Counselor of Moldovan Embassy in China, Mr. Mostafa Amini, Customs Counselor of Netherlands Embassy in China, Mr. Lei Diansheng, world-renowned hiker, Ms. Wu Bixiu, Secretary-General of Silk Road Cities Alliance, diplomats from Malaysia, Maldives and other countries in China, and other representatives from various sectors attended the event.
The 5th Silk Road & Young Dreams (SRYD) is one of the themed activities of “Glimpses into present-day China: Maximising synergy for global development”. It is co-hosted by China NGO Network for International Exchanges, Silk Road Cities Alliance, China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, and Beijing Belt and Road Cooperative Community. As a youth international exchanges program, it aims to enhance mutual learning among civilizations, and build a bridge of friendship for young people with various cultures. The participants interpret their understandings and actions to the pursuit of green travel, low-carbon life, colorful culture, and youthful dreams through signing up for competitions including walking, speech, music, photography, sand painting and cultural design.
“Xi Lulu” is the mascot of the event designed based on a young deer. Starting from Beijing on May 1, it has led the Silk Road youths to pursue their dreams along the Belt and Road countries, calling for peace, health, unity, green development and common prosperity. At present, more than 1,600 young people have joined the digital journey with Xi Lulu, passing through Hebei, Henan, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang, and successfully reaching Pakistan. On the way, Xi Lulu actively promotes the cultural traditions, special food and beautiful landscape of each city or country, to enhance people-to-people exchanges and boost tourism. The 5th SRYD event gained supports from well-known social figures such as Mr. Ren Ziwei, Winter Olympics champion, Mr. Lei Diansheng, the first person traveled across China, Ms. Vienna Cammarota, the first woman walking on the Silk Road.
（Photo of the meeting）
（H.E. Moin ul Haque, Ambassador of Pakistan to China）
H.E. Moin ul Haque, Ambassador of Pakistan to China, had a meeting with Mr. Li Jun, Vice President of CNIE. The ambassador regarded the exchanges of youth as important continuation of the iron friendship between the two countries. The Pakistani government and the embassy in China attached great importance to the SRYD event. He believed that the event would definitely achieve fruitful results and further promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
（Mr. Li Jun, Vice President of China NGO Network for International Exchanges)
Mr. Li Jun, Vice President of China NGO Network for International Exchanges, gave a remark representing host organization. He said, “youth gives rise to infinite hope, and young people are the creators of a bright future. Silk Road & Young Dreams aims at enhancing mutual understanding of friendship of young people from the countries along the Belt and Road, and providing an international exchange platform for young people to show talents and pursue dreams. We believe that under the joint effort of people from various sectors of different countries, young people will be able to sow the seeds of people-to people connectivity to different parts of the world.”
（Syeda Saira Raza，Attache of Culture and Press of the embassy）
Ms. Syeda Saira Raza, Attache of Culture and Press of the embassy, introduced Pakistan's unique humanities and natural resources to the guests. The iron friendship between Pakistan and China is not only the result of development of bilateral economic trade, but also the continuation of the two great civilizations. Pakistan and China have carried out a series of fruitful exchanges and cooperation in the fields of art, literature, education, media and sports. Pakistan's rich cultural heritage and geographic landscape provide excellent opportunities for religious pilgrimages, adventure sports, mountaineering and travel. The all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries has enriched the connotation of the Pakistan-China community of shared future, and has also contributed to the passing of this friendship from generation to generation. In the future, the two countries will jointly build up a cultural industry community and a cultural ecosystem, which will create greater development space, and become a model of friendly cooperation. This year, the embassy and Silk Road Cities Alliance will co-host the China-Pakistan Young Artists Painting Competition to promote the cultural exchanges between the youth of the two countries.
(Commemorative envelope designed for the event)
The organizer specially designed a large commemorative envelope for this event to congratulate on successful launch of the event.
(Peking Opera artist Mr. Dong Fei)
(Chinese singer Ms. Wang Zifei)
(Congolese youth Mr. Vannel)
Chinese young singer Ms. Wang Zifei, Peking Opera artist Mr. Dong Fei, and Congolese youth Mr. Vannel brought wonderful performances, showing the charm of colorful culture.
At the event, the guests put on commemorative T-shirts, cheering for Xi Lulu’s virtual tour. “Wish the event a complete success” was the voice and best wishes of the guests.
(Exhibition of Silk Road products,tea art and sand painting)
The event was reported by China Media Group, CRI Online, People's Daily, China Youth Daily, Global Times, Global Travel Channel, and Jiefang Daily, and sponsored by Dr. Plant, Fujian Pinpinxiang Tea Company, Shaanxi Nanniwan Mineral Water Company.