“A nation can only flourish and prosper when it places hope in its youth and maintains its youthful vigor,” President Xi Jinping said at a grand event marking the 100th anniversary of the League of Nations’ founding. Communist Youth of China in Beijing on May 10.
In an interview with CGTN, the founder of the Schiller Institute, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, echoed Mr. Xi’s words and fully endorsed the essential value of youth in the development of a modern country and in meeting the challenges. World challenges.
Zepp-LaRouche pointed out that based on her experience, Chinese youth are optimistic, and she predicted a future of increased youth involvement in global governance.
Zepp-LaRouche was one of the first foreign journalists to visit China in the 1970s. She spoke and interacted with Chinese people in urban and rural areas, and saw first-hand how China grew from an agrarian society to a modernized country in a short time.
She identified two crucial elements for the vigor of China’s youth today: a thriving and developing economy and a supportive environment in which the younger generation grew up.
The development vector is important in building people’s personalities, Zepp-LaRouche said.
“If the vector of development is upwards, people become optimistic.”
By comparing Germany’s economic recovery after World War II with China’s strong economic development since the late 1970s, she concluded that people born in these two prosperous eras generally developed more optimistic personalities.
In addition to a rosy future supported by the economy, China’s child-rearing ideology has also contributed to the dynamic nature of today’s youth, Zepp-LaRouche said.
“The German green ideology sees children as a burden on the Earth, but the Chinese see children as full of potential and possibilities,” she said. Naturally, a more favorable environment has been provided for Chinese youth to grow up.
The year 2022 may not be ideal to welcome more young actors onto the world stage, given the escalating Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in global inflation. However, Zepp-LaRouche remained optimistic about greater youth contribution to global affairs, tackling challenges on multiple levels.
The mutual neglect of each other’s interests by major powers is a major cause of many threats today, and youth could overcome difficulties by putting aside ideological differences, Zepp-LaRouche said.
The foundation and foundations of international law support Zepp-LaRouche’s vision of a world where countries live peacefully together and see each other as collaborators rather than adversaries.
Hoping to bring more “mutual benefits” to global society as a whole, Zepp-LaRouche expected young people around the world to come together to create an international partnership for a “new peaceful paradigm.”
“If young people unite, I think it’s a force for peace that we absolutely cannot ignore,” she noted.
Zepp-LaRouche also mentioned two pressing issues that young people today should think about: global famine and the global pandemic.
With 1.7 billion people on the brink of starvation, she said young people should contribute to doubling food production, including improving land productivity through science.
Additionally, Zepp-LaRouche called for a more cohesive and modernized global healthcare system to combat the pandemic. She said it was essential to help poor countries, such as Haiti, Yemen and Afghanistan, to establish modernized health systems to contain the spread of COVID-19; otherwise, the pandemic may never end for the world.
Overall, Zepp-LaRouche expressed hope that young people would take on more responsibility in areas such as training medical personnel.
“I think this mission would unite young people around the world, and it’s a powerful force for good.”
(Cover: Young volunteers help a resident verify information on her mobile phone before taking a nucleic acid test in a neighborhood in Haidian District, Beijing, May 15, 2022. /CFP)