Sino-German Young Leaders Dialogue 2015

Event: Regional and International Affairs

Young politicians of the Social Democratic Party and their local Chinese counterparts exchanged ideas.

Photo: Discussion with Zhang Shuofu

This year’s Sino-German Young Leaders Dialogue led by Dagmar Schmidt, member of the SPD party executive committee, gave five young politicians the opportunity to exchange with their Chinese counterparts, deepen mutual knowledge and promote social democratic ideas.

A meeting with Wang Hongyan, Secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC), and other Members of the CYLC topics like the representation of women in politics and society, professional training, and the particular difficulties in representing the youth in ageing societies served as the prelude to the five-day visit. The German delegation was particularly interested in the role of the CYLC as the representative of the youth towards the Communist Party. Both side expressed their interest in deepening the existing relations.

The conversation with Vice-Minister Chen Fengxiang, International Department of the Central Committee of CPC, was the last stop in Beijing before the delegation left for Yunnan. The main topics were the status and prospects of the party cooperation between the CCP and the SPD, and current developments in China and Europe.

In Kunming the group was welcomed by Zhang Shuofu, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC provincial committee and head of the Yunnan Commission for Discipline Inspection. A conversation about the political, economic, social circumstances in the province laid the basis for the experts’ discussion on the next day. During the four-hour discussion the delegation had an in-depth discussion with representatives of the Development and Reform Commission, the Department of Human Resources and Social Security, the Foreign Affairs Office, the Communist Youth League, and the Provincial Women’s Federation. Main topics were current economic development of the region, minority policies, gender equality issues, and social security.

The next stop on the itinerary was Dali, county-level seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. A first conversation with Yuan Lijuan, Head of the Dali Prefectural Committee, provided the delegation a first insight into the economic situation of the prefecture and the current situation of the Bai people. During several on-site visits of local communities and environmental protection projects in Dali and its neighboring villages the members of the delegation got in touch with officials, entrepreneurs, and locals and could gain first-hand insights into rural development and implementation of minority policies.

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