People's Daily --- China's official press
Wang Kaihao (China Daily)
A project aimed at bringing the
young people of China and Mongolia together was launched in
Ulan Bator on Friday. Named "Colongo", meaning
in Mongolian, the project is one of the largest ever efforts
to strengthen the relationship between the two nations. It
was co-launched by the Chinese Embassy in Mongolia, the
government of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, and several
of Mongolia's ministries.
this month, 23 city designers from Mongolia will pay a
weeklong visit to Inner Mongolia's Hohhot, Ordos, and
Erenhot, to exchange ideas and experiences with their peers
in Inner Mongolia. It will be the first of many exchanges
between young professionals from both countries. Reporters
from each country are expected to take part in a similar
exchange in July.
Yugang, the deputy head of the autonomous region's
international communication association, says the project
will run for more than three years. Activities in health,
arts, and sports have been scheduled, and other topics are
Inner Mongolia autonomous region and Mongolia share a common
language and traditions and this advantage and geographic
affinity will be a solid base for communication between the
two sides," Bai says.
Mongolian organizers echoed Bai's sentiments. "It's
phenomenal to expand communication to so many fields," says
Tumenjargal Magaadai, Mongolia's Deputy Minister of Culture,
Sports and Tourism. "It's time to inherit our predecessors'
efforts promoting the two countries' economic and cultural
cooperation and pass them on to the younger generation."
relationship between the two sides has blossomed in recent
years. Ulan Bator has hosted the Inner Mongolia Culture Week
three times, and Hohhot held a similar event to introduce
Mongolia in 2010.
Mongolia has attracted about 1,000 Chinese enterprises to
invest in the country. Liu Baatar, the chairman of the Ulan
Bator-based Mongolia-Inner Mongolia Chamber of Commerce says
young entrepreneurs can be crucial, giving impetus to a
closer relationship between the two countries. The chamber
of commerce is involved with more than 100 enterprises from
says although China and Mongolia have had similar youth
exchanges in recent years, the absence of an ongoing
framework has been a major problem. For example, a program
to encourage Chinese youth to become volunteer teachers in
Mongolia started well but later struggled when they failed
to continue to attract new recruits. He says he is pleased
existing frameworks are being utilized to maximize the
influence of the Colongo project.
"Colongo is not only a rainbow connecting the two countries,
but a ribbon tying us expats to our homeland," says Liu, who
has lived in Mongolia for over 20 years. "Because we are
familiar with both countries, we will explore other possible
ways to make our own contribution."
Baibayin Tala, 29, a student of the Mongolian ethnic group
from the autonomous region's Xilin Gol League, was a youth
representative at the opening ceremony on Friday. He is
earning his masters degree at the National University of
Mongolia in Ulan Bator and has focused his studies on
relations among different ancient Mongol clans.
common blood makes it easy to connect with my classmates,"
he says. "I am the only Chinese student in my class, but
there are many students in China who are interested in
Mongolia but have no access to better know about this
country. Fortunately, Colongo offers a great opportunity."
top leaders from both sides agree that youth communication
is a crucial part of the exchange of ideas on humanity,"
says Wang Xiaolong, Chinese Ambassador to Mongolia. "There
is a huge space where the two sides can learn from each