Vietnamese, Chinese youths join hands for environmental protection

NDO/VNA—Vietnamese youths and their Chinese peers exchanged knowledge about environmental protection at a forum in the city of Ha Long in Vietnam’s Northern province of Quang Ninh on November 8.

Vietnamese, Chinese youths join hands for environmental protection
Vietnamese, Chinese youths join hands for environmental protection

The forum on the youth’s role in environmental protection and sustainable development was part of the ongoing third Vietnam-China Youth Festival.

Addressing the function, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Quang Ninh chapter, highlighted the long-standing friendship between the two neighbouring countries.

The festival had contributed to educating Vietnamese and Chinese youths about the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and allowed them to discuss how to promote their role in the construction of socialism in each nation, she said.

Li Guoyang, Deputy Secretary of China’s Communist Youth League in Anhui Province, stressed the important role played by young people in environmental protection and sustainable development.

It was necessary to step up propaganda, especially among young generations, in order to raise public awareness of environmental protection and sustainable development, he said, calling for the participation of agencies and sectors in each nation, as well as regional countries, in this regard.

Liu Dan, a representative from China’s Tianjin Province, said economic development should be combined with environmental protection, suggesting the application of biological methods to clean agricultural production.

Meanwhile, Gong Jun from Anhui City underlined the need to develop the Chinese youth’s awareness of environmental protection. The young delegate noted his hope that there would be more and more people joining hands on environmental protection, thereby helping to improve the world’s biological system and spur sustainable development.

Vu Ngoc Linh, a delegate from Ha Long City, said to turn Ha Long into a more civilised and friendly city for tourism, it was necessary to raise the awareness of young people and the public in general of the relationship between tourism and the environment, particularly the UNESCO-recognised Ha Long Bay.

On November 7, a group of 199 Chinese youths entered Vietnam via the Mong Cai International Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province and visited Ba Vang Pagoda in Uong Bi City.

The same day, Quang Ninh’s provincial leaders held a meeting with the Chinese youths.