BEIJING, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- A total of 12 Chinese representatives will be selected to attend the G8 and G20 youth summits (G8YS; G20YS) in 2013, organizers said Wednesday.
He Liang, chief organizer of the Chinese delegation, said people aged 18 to 30 are eligible to apply for the opportunity to attend the G8YS in the UK or the G20YS in Russia.
He said this year will be the second time for the Chinese delegation to participate in the youth summits, and the selection will cover language skills, professional knowledge and teamwork capabilities.
Chinese delegates to the summits received praise from other delegations in 2012, even though it was the country's first time to attend the events, he added.
"I've benefited a lot from the global stage," said Zheng Ruyi, a sophomore at Renmin University of China. "Chinese youth should take part in more activities like these and voice our ideas."
The youth summits were launched in 2006. They are held annually ahead of the G8 and G20 summits at the same location where they take place.
Excellent youth from the around the world gather at the summits and play governmental roles in discussing topics, exchanging ideas and coming to a final agreement, which is later handed to the rotating presidency for consideration.