China fine tuning its cooperation machine

Authorities of the world’s second largest economic power confirmed that in addition to the issues addressed in the Forum, China will also work to respond to the growing need to create cooperation platforms between nations, in response to the global financial crisis and increasing protectionism.

Looking to consolidate this economic route, which should account for over 60% of the world’s population and a third of global production, participants in the Forum discussed ways to optimize complementarity between the development strategies of each nation, and promote cooperation initiatives benefitting communities living along the trade route.

China, Vietnam pledge to boost ‘comradely, brotherly’ ties

Yu said in his meeting with Quang that China and Vietnam are good neighbors, have the same political system, face common development challenges and have positive cooperation prospects. He said the two countries should seize the opportunity of building the Belt and Road Initiative to expand bilateral cooperation. He said the CPPCC will continue to work closely with the Vietnam Fatherland Front to share ideas on political consultation and promote people-to-people exchanges.

Liu said in his meeting with Quang that China and Vietnam have a shared future and the two countries should help each other through good and bad times.

Talk Africa: China’s youth in Africa

The panel agrees the hospitality of the local people is one thing that stands out most. And as Yating points out most conversations are not dominated by China-Africa issues but social issues like in her case ladies issues. For Joany the teamwork nature of her work accelerates bonding and she says she regards her Kenyan team members as actual family while Yuan is really amazed by the effort his students put into learning Chinese. Interaction with Kenyans follows a similar process path for the three with them being met with typical expectations like knowing kung fu, China’s trademark form of martial arts but later it gets more friendly and warm.

In the second part of this episode on Chinese youth in Africa, the panel compares the older Chinese generations’ motives for coming to Africa versus the young and it’s clear the older generations’ main focus was investment while the young are interested in finding new experiences. The flow of information fuelled by the internet and mainstream media interventions has cleared many traditional impressions in Africa and may probably explain young Chinese people’s growing population in Africa. Joany says understanding is the main thing that arises from the interaction and finds the slow but steady ‘hakuna matata’ attitude of Kenyans really effective.