Sister cities cooperate to transform Wuxi City's development model

16:05, October 18, 2010      

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The opening ceremony of the Fifth Wuxi International Sister Cities Forum is held in Taihu Hotel in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province on Oct. 18, 2010. (Huang Beibei /People's Daily Online)

On the evening of Oct. 17, Wuxi Mayor Mao Xiaoping and Luo Qin, secretary-general of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries welcomed distinguished guests who came to Wuxi, Jiangsu Province to participate in the Fifth Wuxi International Sister Cities Forum.

A total of 30 cities in 20 countries, more than 200 guests, including 14 mayors and five deputy mayors, attended the forum, which opened on Oct. 18. As the host of this forum, Wuxi City welcomed the representatives of sister cities around the world with an open attitude.

The previous Wuxi International Sister Cities Forum had witnessed the deepening of friendship between the cities and also provided a rare opportunity for the two sides to seek cooperation and jointly development.

Mao said that in the 30 years since China began reforms, Wuxi has made tremendous economic and social change. The city’s degree of internationalization and openness are also rising. As of now the city has established economic and trade relations with more than 200 countries and regions and established international friendship city relations with 33 cities in 19 countries.

During the 30 years, the exchanges between Wuxi city and its sister cities have grown from simple economic and trade cooperation to comprehensive cooperation in culture, sports, health, science and technology. Communications have also gradually extended from the government level to contact between ordinary citizens.

Mao noted that at present, Wuxi is at a crucial moment of economic and social transformation. He hoped that the cooperation and exchanges between the city of Wuxi and its sister cities progresses toward multi-level and multi-faceted development and called for Wuxi to continue to gain experience with advanced technology learn and good practices from various countries and cities.

Mao said Wuxi must use this International Sister Cities Forum as a platform to constantly consolidate and deepen friendship between Wuxi and the sister cities.
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