China held a grand gathering to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) in the Great Hall of the People on Friday afternoon.
A grand gathering is held in the Great Hall of the People to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC). [Photo: Xinhua]
President Hu Jintao spoke at the ceremony, which began at 3:30 p.m. at the Great Hall of the People.
Also present were other top leaders including Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang, and Zhou Yongkang.
Chinese youths have become the worldwide volunteer force. Under the plan initiated in 2002 by the China Communist Youth League, the reserve force of the Communist Party of China, young Chinese have flocked to every corner of the world to serve as volunteers.
In developing countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, Chinese volunteers have devoted themselves to services including peacekeeping, language teaching, health care and emergency relief. Between 2005-2011 the Chinese government sent 17,000 volunteers and Chinese-language teachers to 117 countries.
China now has more than 30 million youth volunteers registered in youth leagues at all levels and various social organizations. They have grown into one of the main forces driving public good in the world.