Date
20 October 2017
Hong Kong students at an exchange program in mainland China. Pro-Beijing groups are calling for more cross-border exchanges to foster a sense of national identity among the youth. Photo: http://www.newgen.org.hk/
Hong Kong students at an exchange program in mainland China. Pro-Beijing groups are calling for more cross-border exchanges to foster a sense of national identity among the youth. Photo: http://www.newgen.org.hk/

DAB urges new initiatives on HK-Macau-Guangdong youth exchanges

A top pro-Beijing political party in Hong Kong has urged more exchanges between the youth from Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province, saying such exchanges will help local youngsters gain better understanding of China.

The Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) also called for setting a youth training institute in the Pearl River Delta, and a focus on systematic national education in schools, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

DAB lawmaker Ip Kwok-him was quoted as saying that Hong Kong, as a special administrative region of China, should ensure that its youth have proper understanding about the motherland. Efforts to guide the youngsters should not be regarded as a brain-washing exercise, he said.

The training center in the Pearl River Delta could act as an exchange platform for young people in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong. Hong Kong graduates can seek internship opportunities in Guangdong and visit mainland rural areas, factories and schools as well as military facilities, Ip said.

Such exchanges can help foster a sense of national identity, he was quoted as saying.

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