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Remarks by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming At the Reception Hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Honour of the Chinese Youth Delegation

March 23, 2010,Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London

The Right Honourable Liam Bryne,

First Secretary Mr. Lu Hao,

Young friends,

It is my great pleasure to join you at the reception. I would like to extend my warm welcome to Mr Lu Hao and members of the Chinese youth delegation. I am glad to say that this is the very first delegation from China I have received since I came to London to take up my post three weeks ago. In fact, I hosted Mr Lu and his colleagues in their visit to the DPRK five months ago. It gives me great pleasure to welcome them to London. I must add that my special bonds with the All China Youth Federation went back much longer. Fifteen years ago, I was a member of the National Committee of the All China Youth Federation, so in a sense hosting this delegation for me is like receiving long-separated relatives.

Youth exchanges are an important part of our bilateral relationship. In 2008 Premier Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Gordon Brown jointly set up a mechanism for regular exchanges between young people of our two countries led by the China All-Youth Federation and the British Council. This is a far-sighted initiative.

Recent years have seen a surge in youth exchanges between our two countries. The “UK study fever” that swept China has brought more than 100,000 Chinese students to the UK. There has also emerged a mandarin fever among British young people. I experienced this first hand when I attended the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition not long ago.

Our common future lies in the hands of the young generation. I sincerely hope that our young people will step up dialogue, increase mutual understanding, and join hands to create a brighter future for China-UK relations.

I wish the Chinese youth delegation a successful visit.

Thank you.

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