The VII International Russian-Chinese Youth Forum "Volga - Yangtze" effectuated in November 10-11. The Forum rallied over 450 representatives of universities located in the Volga Federal District of Russia and the provinces of the Upper and Middle reaches of the Yangtze River of the People's Republic of China.
In 2021, the forum was held online. As explained by Elena N. Miroshkina, Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Policy of the Republic of Mordovia, 20 applicants took part in the forum this year. These are students, teaching staff and postgraduates of all higher educational institutions of the republic.
The forum had 4 platforms: "Youth Entrepreneurship", "Science and Innovation", "Tourism, culture and Art" and "Education". The participants talked about their projects and probed for common ground with the Chinese side. Each talk begins with a small video presentation of the region where the participant is from.
During the opening ceremony, the participants were greeted by the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District Igor Komarov and the Special Representative of the Government of the People's Republic of China for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui.
On the first day, two platforms of four were active: "Education" and "Science and Innovation". In addition, short workshops were held to teach how to make a clay plate (Chuvash Republic), a decorative box made of summer fabric Junchang (Chongqing), to acquire a technique in silver filigrane of Chengdu, in bamboo braiding of Chunzhou Daoming, weaving Sichuan brocaded fabric and Lanzhong silk blankets (Sichuan province), Orenburg fluffy shawls (Orenburg region) and so on.
To recap: the first Russian-Chinese Youth Forum was held in 2014 in the Samara region as part of the Youth Forum of the Volga Federal District "iVolga". 150 young representatives of the People's Republic of China and 150 representatives of Russian universities took part in it. In 2015 and 2017, the forum was held in China, and in 2016 and 2018, it returned to iVolga.