In November 10 to 11, the 2016 China International Sister City Conference raised its curtain in Chongqing municipality. Member of the Central Political Bureau of CPC, Vice Chairman of PRC Mr. Li Yuanchao attended the conference and made a keynote speech; Vice President of Uganda, former national leaders of Japan, Holland and other countries, Chairman of China National Friendship Association Mr.Li Xiaoling made speeches during the conference respectively.
The conference held various activities, such as high-end dialogue, themed forums and awarding ceremony. Gansu Province bore the palm of “International Sister City Cooperation”; two of the sister cities of Gansu Province, Solothurn in Switzerland and Grodnoin in Belarus were awarded “City of Friendly Exchanges with China.”
The conference was co-sponsored by Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Chinese Association for International Sister Cities and organized by the Foreign Affairs Office of Chongqing Municipality. Themed on “Innovative Development, Mutual-beneficial Cooperation”, this conference embraced over 400 foreign guests from 144 cities of 56 countries and over 200 domestic guests from 83 cities of 30 provinces. Focusing on “ Promoting City Development through Innovation”, “Low Carbon City, Green Homeland”, “Building the City Cultural Name Card in Openness” and “Promoting Modern Service Industry Through Tourism Innovation”, all the guests attended conducted deep and extensive discussions concerning how to make the most of the sister city platform, carry out mutual learning, exchanges and cooperation to contribute to green, sound development of cities and common progress of the whole humans.(translated by Wang Jingfei)