26th May 2023 – (Beijing) On Friday, Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, met with Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, the wife of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, in Beijing. During the meeting, Peng praised Denise Nyakeru’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of African women, children, and adolescents as the vice president of the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD).
Peng expressed that the Chinese side maintains friendly exchanges with the OAFLAD and is willing to strengthen cooperation and work together to contribute more to promoting the cause of women and children and building a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era. Peng also introduced the positive achievements of the Spring Bud Project, a program launched by the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund to help dropout girls return to school and improve teaching conditions in impoverished areas. She expressed hope that the two sides could strengthen the exchange of experience in girls and women’s education to benefit the two peoples.
Denise Nyakeru, who was visiting China with President Tshisekedi for the first time, thanked President Xi and Madame Peng for their warm and thoughtful reception. She expressed being deeply impressed by the vitality of China and the hard-working, heroic, and tenacious Chinese people. Denise Nyakeru also highly appreciated Peng’s long-term concern and support for the development of women, children, and adolescents in African countries. She expressed her desire to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation and jointly contribute to promoting Africa-China friendship.