Letter in Reply from President Xi Jinping to ISSCAD
Dear first graduates of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development,
Your letter has been duly received. I am pleased to learn that you have successfully completed your studies, thus becoming the first graduates of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development. I am also glad that you have had a rewarding year here in China.
In your letter, you expressed a shared wish to promote equality, understanding and sustainable development. This is precisely why China has initiated the south-south cooperation and established the institute. South-South cooperation is a great cause in which developing countries join hands and face up to the challenges together. China will ensure that the Institute functions as a platform to further the cooperation as well as to facilitate the development and prosperity in developing countries.
As the first graduates of the Institute, you are applauded and honored, expected to pursue this glorious vocation. I hope that you will all persist in your learning and put what you have learned into practice as you strive to explore a path to sustainable development that suits your own country. I hope that you will become leaders of reform. I also hope that you will treasure your friendship with your professors, classmates and friends in China, help to open a new chapter of friendship and cooperation between your countries and China, and become practitioners of global South-South cooperation.
Please give my regards to your families. China will always welcome you!
Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China.
October 11, 2017
In September 2015, Xi Jinping announced the establishment of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development when attending the UN 70th anniversary summit. In April 2016, the Institute was officially established at Peking University with the goal of attracting top talent from developing countries to further improve South-South relationships. A key component of the institute is developing a robust communication platform that improves the influence of South-South Cooperation in promoting global development.
The first class of students was admitted in September 2016, comprising 48 government officials, congressmen, financial professionals and scholars from 27 developing countries. On July 6 2017, the first graduates of the Institute read their letter of thanks to Xi Jinping at their commencement ceremony, expressing gratitude to the Chinese government for providing them with a chance to study China’s successful experiences in reform and opening.
Written by: Wang Yuxiang and Ma Xiao
Edited by: Xie Changli & Erin Dunne
Source: PKU NEWS (Chinese)