Ek Sam Ol, President of the Cambodia-China Friendship Association, gives a speech at the 2015 Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship on Nov. 12, 2015. [Photo by Guo Yongguo/China.org.cn]
Over 300 representatives from the international friendship organizations and China's sister cities in 20 countries, as well as government offices and NGOs, gathered in Beijing as they discussed how to better boost friendly relations, especially concerning people-to-people exchanges, at an international forum on Nov. 12, 2015.
Representatives from the United States, Brazil, France, Sri Lanka and Cambodia at the 2015 Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship agreed that exchange and cooperation between civil societies are gaining momentum as the number and intensity of activities for mutual understanding continues to mount up.
Indrananda Abeysekera, Friendship Ambassador at the Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Co-operation and President of the Harmonious Society Development Foundation, said his country has witnessed more and more activities, such as exhibitions, forums, workshops and performances, for building better understanding and trust with China.
"Sri Lanka has always been on good terms with China, and we appreciate China's help, especially during the 30 years of our Civil War," said Abeysekera. "My organization and I are promoting more and more people-to-people exchange with China to educate our fellow citizens and help them to know more about the country and how the country developed and gained prosperity."
Ek Sam Ol, President of the Cambodia-China Friendship Association, noted that he had witnessed China's great leap forward in the past decades and viewed that the county's rise is credited to the brilliant strategies of the Communist Party of China and the central government, especially the opening up policy since the late 1970s.
"For a non-governmental Organization (NGO), the Cambodia-China Friendship Association will continue to serve as a bridge for boosting cooperation and exchange in terms of economic development, culture, education and sport," said Ek Sam Ol.
The forum, which is expected to last for two days, focuses on discussions of urban development, traditional cultural exchange, international education, senior industry cooperation and development as well as youth exchange.