Overseas Chinese Youths gather for 2010 China Root-Seeking Camp

Overseas Chinese Youths gather for 2010 China Root-Seeking Camp

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More than 6,000 overseas Chinese youths from 51 countries and regions, including Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan gathered at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 25 to mark the beginning of the three-day 2010 Chinese Root-Seeking camp.

“China Root-Seeking” camp aims to help overseas Chinese youth to learn Chinese language and understand the Chinese history and culture.

At the opening ceremony, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping gave a speech encouraging the youth to actively participate in myriad forms of cultural exchange activities, enable more people to know about the rich Chinese culture and become “civilian ambassadors” between China and the places they live in.

Xi enjoined the participants to carry on the traditions of their ancestors, feed their minds with spiritual nutrition from the Chinese history and culture and become communicators between cultures.

According to Xi, overseas Chinese people understand that their blood is Chinese and that they  are willing to carry on the Chinese culture that has lasted thousands of years, that’s why they come back to China to seek their roots.

“The Chinese culture is the only one of the world’s ancient civilizations that continuously lasted 5,000 years.  The unique cultural traditions are the common wealth of all the Chinese at home and abroad,” he said.

Xi emphasized that China would always adhere to the road of “development, peace and cooperation” and make greater contributions to the progress of mankind’s civilization.

The “China Root-Seeking” camp members will visit historical sites and scenic spots in Beijing and have a get-together with their local peers during the three-day camp.

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