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Governor Xu Chairs Meeting on International Friendship City Work

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Xu Dazhe, deputy secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and Hunan governor, chairs a meeting on friendship city work. Wu Lan, deputy secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee, delivers a speech.

On April 2, Xu Dazhe, deputy secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and Hunan governor, chaired a meeting to discuss friendship city work. He stressed accelerating high-quality development of friendship city work and making good use of the friendship city relations, so as to boost friendly exchange and cooperation between Hunan and the world, promote opening up, expand economic and trade cooperation, and strengthen cultural exchanges.

Other provincial leaders present included Wu Lan, deputy secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee, Xie Jianhui, standing committee member of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and executive vice governor, He Baoxiang, vice governor, and Wang Qun, secretary general of the Hunan Provincial People’s Government.

Governor Xu highly appraised Hunan’s friendship city work in recent years. He pointed out that, friendship cities provide an important governmental platform for opening up in various fields, and also an important channel for international exchange and cooperation. We should fully implement Xi Jinping Thought on diplomacy, and the important instructions on developing international friendship city relations, to boost high-quality development of international friendship city work. 

Xu stressed that, international friendship city work should be based on the premise of the national diplomatic situations. We should participate in the national “Belt and Road” Initiative, to make contribution to the building of a community with a shared future for humanity and to the peace and development of mankind. 

Hunan will promote opening up based on its favorable location on the transitional “belt” connecting the eastern coastal area with the central and western areas, and in the junction “zone” between the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the Coastal Economic Belt. The innovation-led opening up and development strategy is the focus in deepening cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, culture, agriculture, and ecological environment, and demonstrating effectiveness of the international friendship city work. 

Hunan will expand economic and trade cooperation, with high quality as the core instead of quantity. Export-oriented economy would be highlighted with the characteristics, advantages, and demands of each friendship cities and regions taken into account. We should grasp convergence of interests in economic and trade cooperation, make use of the opening-up platforms such as the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, and give full play to the major manufacturing and construction enterprises, to increase effectiveness of “going global” and “bringing in”, and promote more Hunan enterprises and Hunan-made products to the globe. 

Hunan will strengthen people-to-people communication and cooperation at governmental, enterprise, and non-governmental levels. We should tell story about Hunan, raise the profile of Hunan, and increase influence of Hunan. Complete and normalized communication mechanism and coordination system should be established, so as to combine the strength of related departments, explore city and county potentials, and give full play to enterprises.

Amid the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, we should firmly implement the decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee, and follow the arrangement of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and the Hunan Provincial People’s Government, to provide assistance where we can to our friendship cities.

Wu Lan noted that, the international friendship city work is of important significance to the national diplomacy and Hunan’s opening up and development. We should follow Xi Jinping Thought on diplomacy, and take into account Hunan’s demands in promoting opening up and high-quality development, when we study and map out targeted measures for the key orientations, fields, and objects of international friendship city relations, to conduct more effective cooperation. Long-term working mechanism should be established and rolled out to mobilize the governmental departments at all levels, enterprises, and all walks of life, to jointly promote international friendship city cooperation.

This article is from Hunan Provincial Government www.enghunan.gov.cn. 

Translator: Pang Yuehui 

Chinese source: hunan.gov.cn