Jinhua Homestay for African Students
In Suoyuan Village of Jindong District, 33 students from 20 African countries started their week-long Jinhua Homestay with their Chinese parents. The participating African students are from Zhejiang Normal University and Jinhua Polytechnic. On the first day of their homestay in Jinhua, the participating African students talked about their stories in China, showing the deep friendship between China and Africa.
This activity is an important part of Jinhua's 2019 Africa-China Cultural Exchange Week. Gert Grobler, former deputy director of consular services for the Americas and Europe in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, commented that the project is “the first to create a new model of public diplomacy.”
Workalemahu Desta, Consul General of the Consulate of Ethiopia in Shanghai, commented that the Jinhua Homestay Program is a model for promoting cultural exchanges among people of the world. He said that Chinese companies are Ethiopia's largest investors and trade partners. Since the B&R Initiative has opened up the Central African market and connected the B&R countries to carry out exchanges in various fields such as social systems, economy, and culture, he hopes there will be more comprehensive, diversified, and in-depth cooperation between Jinhua and Ethiopia in the future. (By Wang Lei, translated by Wei Han, edited by Kendra Fiddler)