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US youth witness China's sustainability efforts, engage in cultural exchange in Beijing

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US youth witness China's sustainability efforts, engage in cultural exchange in Beijing

2024-06-14 16:47 Last Updated At:22:17

Youth representatives from the United States have been gaining a closer look at China's green development while strengthening cultural exchange during a visit to Beijing.

Joined by a group of young people from China, the cultural exchange visit kicked off on Wednesday.

The event is part of the "Bridge of the Future" China-U.S. Youth Exchange Program, a collaboration effort of the All-China Youth Federation and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Running until Friday, the group's three-day itinerary includes visits to government departments, companies, and economic development zones to learn about China's modernization.

They immersed themselves in China's rich heritage by visiting iconic sites like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. They also ventured into suburban villages, gaining firsthand insights into the country's rural revitalization efforts.

"We have a land barrier, so us coming here will help us actually mingle and talk to more people. And so, I think that helps because obviously we can't meet each other day to day," said Jordan Rall, a U.S. student.

For the American youth in the group as well as the adults accompanying them, China is more than a travel destination. They visited a policy research center in China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment to gain insight into its achievements in ecological conservation and environmental protection.

"I've been blown away. All the tours we've had. One thing I'm noticing and keeps coming up as the theme of living in harmony with nature, and it's amazing to see how quickly and efficiently you all have been able to scale the transition to clean energy, but also reducing energy use and reducing carbon emission. It's definitely a learning lesson that I'll be taking back to the U.S. with me," said Cecile Green Brown, communications director for Environmental Defense Fund's Healthy Communities team.

The youth representatives also visited an innovation park to witness firsthand the transformation of an old factory into an environmentally sustainable public facility.

The "Bridge of the Future" program aims to foster communication, understanding, friendship and cooperation between Chinese and American youths, contributing to a healthy, stable and sustainable China-U.S. relationship.

US youth witness China's sustainability efforts, engage in cultural exchange in Beijing

US youth witness China's sustainability efforts, engage in cultural exchange in Beijing

US youth witness China's sustainability efforts, engage in cultural exchange in Beijing

US youth witness China's sustainability efforts, engage in cultural exchange in Beijing

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Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

2024-07-22 22:24 Last Updated At:22:57

Chinese Premier Li Qiang has called for efforts to push forward high-standard opening-up and actively explore and innovate to motivate more momentum and vitality, so as to advance high-quality development in further deepening reform comprehensively.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during a research trip to north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday.

Li first visited the core area of the Tiankai Higher Education Innovation Park, where he learned about the park's construction and operation, and had talks with researchers and heads of sci-tech financial institutions as well as start-ups.

Saying that the key to fostering new growth drivers and developing new quality productivity lies in reform and innovation, Li underlined staying focused on integrated development of sci-tech innovation and industrial innovation, therefore building a more efficient and attractive sci-tech innovation platform.

He called for more support for small and medium-sized sci-tech firms and incentives for sci-tech personnel in terms of policies and funding, so as to promote the application of scientific and technological advances, and accelerate the development of new quality productivity.

The park, inaugurated in May, was established through the collaboration of Tianjin-based top-notched universities including Tianjin University and Nankai University.

Li then visited the branch of the world-leading elevator manufacturer Otis and CDHorizon, a world's top integrated equipment operation service provider, in the Binhai New Area.

Li urged efforts to make good use of policies for supporting the large renewal of equipment and to support enterprises in promoting the new application of artificial intelligence, so that more enterprises and products with core competitiveness can compete to emerge.

The premier also highlighted innovative use of financial leasing and other financial instruments, thus better serving the real economy.

Li called on the Binhai New Area to take the lead in better stimulating impetus and vitality in deepening reform, underlining the reform in institutions and mechanisms of the pilot free trade zone, financial innovation and development, and high-level opening up to the outside world.

Li also emphasized the need to accelerate the integrated development of ports, industries and cities by leveraging strengths and characteristics, in order to integrate resources and enhance their role in promoting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Fully acknowledging Tianjin's achievements in socio-economic development, Li expressed his hope that the municipality will forge ahead and constantly scale new heights in promoting high-quality development.

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

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