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Participants urged to donate; 50 children from quake area to visit Hungary
Participants to the 4th China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum have been urged to donate for victims of a devastating earthquake in southwest China, while a Hungarian participant offered to invite 50 children from the disaster-struck area to visit his country.
Two donation boxes are seen at the venue of the 4th China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, on April 23, 2013. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]
Ji Ping, deputy secretary-general of the China Foundation for Peace and Development, is interviewed during the 4th China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, on April 23, 2013. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]
"We have put in place some donation boxes at the venue of the forum," Ji Ping, deputy secretary-general of the China Foundation for Peace and Development, said Tuesday.
"We would hereby propose to the delegates attending the 4th China-Europe High-Level Political Parties Forum to show our solicitude and sympathy by making a donation to people in the disaster-stricken area," the non-government foundation said in a statement issued Monday.
The 4th China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum kicked off Monday afternoon, with the aim to enhance mutual trust and promote peace and development.
"We believe that this action is in conformity with the theme of our forum --- 'Promoting Win-Win Cooperation for New Breakthroughs in China-Europe Relations'," the statement said.
The call was echoed by Istvan Ujhelyi, deputy speaker of the Hungarian Parliament. He is the founder and chairman of the Hungary Szeged Confucius Institute.
"In the name of the Hungary Szeged Confucius Institute, I would like to invite 50 children from the disaster-struck area to visit Hungary, and cover all their costs in Hungary. We will try to help them in forgetting the unforgettable," Ujhelyi announced Tuesday afternoon at the China-Europe Young Leaders Dialogue, a fixture of the forum.
Istvan Ujhelyi, deputy speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, gives a keynote speech at the China-Europe Young Leaders Dialogue in Suzhou, eastern China's Jiangsu province, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]
These children will be selected by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hungarian part, and details would be worked out in the future, Ji Ping said. The Foundation for Peace and Development is the organizer of the China-Europe Young Leaders Dialogue.
The forum paid adequate attention to the earthquake that struck Lushan in Sichuan province on Saturday Morning, two days before the forum opened in eastern China.
The forum's opening ceremony began on Monday afternoon with one-minute silence for the victims.
Throughout the forum, participants expressed condolences for the victims of the magnitude-7 earthquake now and then. The quake has killed at least 192 people.
Even prior to the forum, European representatives attending the forum expressed deep condolences for the quake victims on Monday morning when they met with Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.