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2017-10-13 15:44:14

Shanghai on Friday won the bid to host the 2021 WorldSkills International Competition, according to a social media post from the city government.

The competition, held every two years, promotes vocational education and training. Events include bricklaying, carpentry, cooking, and aircraft maintenance.

Shanghai’s winning bid was announced in Abu Dhabi, where the 2017 event will kick off Oct. 14 and where the organization behind the competition held its general assembly on Friday. In two years, the Russian city Kazan will host the “vocational Olympics,” which have been organized since 1950.

Shanghai submitted its bid in 2016, with the motto “New Youth, New Skills, New Dreams.”

According to The Paper, Sixth Tone’s sister publication, Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed the general assembly in Abu Dhabi via video. “Bringing the WorldSkills Competition to China will help promote exchange and mutual learning between China and other countries in this field, inspire the Chinese people — in particular the nearly 200 million young Chinese — to dedicate themselves to skills development," said Xi.

The Chinese government recently unveiled plans to build more vocational schools, state news agency Xinhua reported Monday.

Fifty-two Chinese candidates will take part in this year’s competition. Among them, six hail from Shanghai. They will compete such fields as autobody repair, web design, and floristry.

Editor: Kevin Schoenmakers.

(Header image: A Chinese young man competes in the category electrical installations at Worldskills 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, July 5, 2013. Jens Schlueter/Getty Images/VCG)