To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of sister city relation between Gansu and Akita, Ma Qinglin, vice chairman of the standing committee of CPC Gansu Provincial People’s Congress, carried out a friendly visit to Akita of Japan at its invitation after his visit to Christchurch of New Zealand as a reciprocracy to Akita’s visit of Gansu by Akita Council Chairman Tsuruta Yuji at the end of July this year.
During his visit, Ma Qinglin met and talked with Akita vice-governor Takeshita Hirohide，Akita Council Chairman Tsuruta Yuji、Akita Council vice-chairman Nakashima Hidefumi. He conveyed the sincere greetings from general-secretary of CPC Gansu Provincial Committee Lin Duo and goveror of Gansu province Tang Renjan. He said, 35 years on since the establishment of sister city relation, both sides conducted fruitful and various exchanges and cooperation in many fields with the concerted efforts of governments and friendly people. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China diplomatic relations as well as the 35th anniversary of the establishment of our sister city relations. Standing on this new historic starting point, Gansu would like to work together with Akita to continuously broaden and deepen our exchanges and cooperation to solidify our sister city relations and make it more fruitful. Takeshita Hirohide and Tsuruta Yuji both agreed that 35 years on, we have been conducting close interactions in high-level mutual visits, personnel training, people-to-people exchanges, which contributed greatly to the friendship between Gansu and Akita as well as that between China and Japan.
Akita is Gansu’s first international sister city. Since 1982, Gansu and Akita have achieved tremendous progress in exchanes and cooperation in high-level mutual visits, ecological coservation, health and medicine, teenagers exchanges, education and culture,etc. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of sister city relation, both sides carried out official mutual visits, and jointly held “Gansu·Akita Calligraphy Friendship Exchanges Exhibition”, “Gansu·Akita Cultural Exchanges Lectures” in Akita.(translated by Wang Jingfei)