Foreign officials praise Jinan’s sister city relationships


An online conference hosted by the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Jinan Municipal Committee was held in Jinan, Shandong province on Oct 19 as part of the city’s efforts to deepen exchanges with its sister cities.

A total of 16 representatives from Jinan’s sister cities, friendly cooperation cities, and international friendship associations participated in the event via online video links to explore higher level cooperation opportunities with Jinan.

Here are some excerpts from the speeches made by the guests.

Yuri Shalabaev, mayor of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia

The friendship between Nizhni Novgorod and Jinan has made our relationship closer. We have sound culture and exchanges, which make our people closer. Now, our Chinese friends are constructing a friendly city garden to promote Nizhni Novgorod. This is an important gift that marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of Nizhni Novgorod. It is also our honor and I am sure that it will deepen our friendship and cooperation.

John McNicholas, mayor of Coventry, UK

We have been twins with the beautiful city of Jinan for almost 40 years now, and we grow closer every year. The two cities have much in common. For example, we both love our culture, history, and attach great importance to the development of the automobile industry. We cherish and protect these, which also help promote our city. We are very proud of the friendship between Coventry and Jinan.

Yeom Tae-Yeong, mayor of Suwon, South Korea

Jinan is a 4,000-year-old ancient city with 800 springs. The city has maintained its charms for thousands of years. Daming Lake and Baotu Spring are two famous scenic spots. Citizens in Jinan live harmoniously with its spectacular natural sceneries and cultural landscapes, which are similar to Suwon.

We expect the construction of Suwon Park in Jinan to be completed soon. The park captures the essence of the world cultural heritage Hwaseong Fortress, and we hope to see the people of the two cities roam freely in the beautiful park.

Ritva Viljanen, mayor of Vantaa, Finland

For the relationship between Jinan and Vantaa, this is a special year. We are celebrating 20 years of sister city friendship between our cities. We are very excited about the Vantaa Garden, which will be built in Jinan.

During these 20 years, we have developed many prosperous connections. We have created opportunities for our businesses to meet and establish new contacts and possibilities to grow. In addition, with cultural and educational meetings, we have gotten to know each other’s culture more closely.