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Second Group of Australian Youth Delegation Visit China

In response to the invitation of All-China Youth Federation (ACYT), the second group of Australian Youth Delegation set out on 8 July 2007, kicking off their eight-day goodwill visit to China. It was the second event jointly organized by the All-China Youth Federation and the Embassy of the PRC in Australia for Australian youth students to visit China, following Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Australia in April 2006 when he invited a hundred Australian youth representatives to visit China.

The Australian youth delegation is composed of 47 students, representing 21 Australian universities including Australian National University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and Curtin University of Technology. The majority of group members have some basic knowledge of Chinese language and a few of them actually can speak fluent Chinese. They are all interested in the rapid development in China as well as its society, culture and history. The delegation is headed by John Taplin, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Adelaide. During their stay in China, the group will visit cities including Beijing, Chengdu and Shenzhen

The delegation members arrived in Beijing on 8 July and officially started their visit the next day. The delegation first paid a visit to Peking(Beijing) University. By the picturesque Wei-Ming Lake, through open discussion and interaction with the students from Peking University, Australian students had the opportunity of getting a real feel of a campus culture of oriental style. The youth delegation later visited the 2008 Olympic Organizing Committee in Beijing. While being briefed on the development of young volunteers recruitment for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. quite a few members actually took the opportunity to express their own interest in becoming the volunteers.

At the reception dinner on 9 July, Madam ZHANG Xiaolan, the Vice President of All-China Youth Federation welcomed the Australian youth delegation on behalf of the ACYF. She pointed out that, against the backdrop of the fast growth in China-Australia relations, the face-to-face communication between students of the two countries offers an significant opportunity of facilitating the long-term friendship of the two countries and their people, and would contribute to a comprehensive cooperative partnership between our two nations.. The visits of Australian delegations last year and this year are the biggest youth exchange events since the establishment of the China-Australia diplomatic relations, marking a new milestone in the exchange between youths in our two countries. In concluding, Madam ZHANG Xiaolan expressed that it was her hope that the youths both in China and Australia would further enhance their mutual communication, understanding and cooperation.

(Photo) ACYF Vice President Madam ZHANG Xiaolan met with Australian Youth Delegation on the Evening of 9 July

(Photo) Joint performance by youths from both countries

The enjoyable reception dinner party climaxed with the great arts performances from students of both sides, showcasing the diverse cultures of China and Australia. On the next day, the delegation visited the Juyongguan Great Wall and the Forbidden City. These activities have enabled Australian students to gain a first-hand understanding and more knowledge of the magnificent scenery, culture as well as the long history of China.

(Photo) Group Photo of Some Delegation Members at the Great Wall on 10 July

Over the next few days, the delegation are going to visit Chengdu city, where they will communicate with students from China's Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. The visits to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, Jinsha Archeological Site and Dujiangyan Dam are also on the itinerary. After that, the delegation will conclude their trip with a visit to Shenzhen and return to Australia on July 16.

13 July 2007

(Provided by Education Office, the Embassy of the PRC in Australia)

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