Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in San Francisco that China is prepared to invite 50,000 young Americans to participate in exchange and study programs over the next five years. This initiative aims to enhance people-to-people exchanges, particularly among the youth, between China and the United States. The announcement reflects President Xi’s longstanding interest in fostering connections with Americans, especially the younger generation, as they play a crucial role in the future of China-U.S. relations. Xi has previously expressed the desire for increased mutual understanding and collaboration between Chinese and American youth, envisioning them as ambassadors of friendship to contribute to the positive development of bilateral relations. The emphasis on educational exchanges aligns with President Xi’s belief in the transformative power of such programs. The initiative is a continuation of efforts to strengthen ties that include past interactions, such as Xi’s visit to Lincoln High School in Washington State in 2015, where he highlighted the importance of youth engagement and cultural exposure in building enduring connections.
Source – CGTN