S China city boasts over 80 sister cities

Guangzhou City, the capital of southern China’s Guangdong Province, has increased its sister cities to 81, according to local authorities.

Guangzhou’s sister cities are from 56 countries worldwide, which include Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, Edinburgh in the UK and Fukuoka in Japan, local authorities said at the Commemorative Meeting of 40 Years of International Sister Cities in Guangzhou held on Friday.

Guangzhou City set up its first sister city relation with Fukuoka in May 1979.

“In the past 40 years, many citizens from Fukuoka and Guangzhou have traveled to each other and nurtured friendships,” said Takashima Soichiro, mayor of Fukuoka. “At present, Guangzhou has developed as a globally well-known international city.”

Source: Xinhua

BRI cooperation delivers tangible benefits, highly praised

Six years on, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought tangible benefits to participating countries through strengthened cooperation and is highly applauded internationally.

On Saturday, politicians, experts and entrepreneurs from around the world spoke highly of the fruitful results of the initiative and called for deeper cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road, at a parallel forum of the fourth Understanding China Conference that opened the same day in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

“The initiative has received international support,” said Rashid Alimov, former secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, crediting the BRI’s aim to “involve all those who seek joint development.”

Shaukat Aziz, former prime minister of Pakistan, shared similar views. “The BRI is a game-changer for countries like Pakistan.”

“Thanks to the BRI, we have a new port and domestic trains have also been improved. The initiative comes with development in areas including infrastructure, financing and after-sales service,” he said, adding that hundreds of people have found jobs because of the BRI and more ships have started to come to his country.

So far, China has signed cooperation documents with more than 160 countries and international organizations on the initiative. With the fast growth of the BRI, China has boosted market-oriented cooperation with relevant countries to upgrade their industrial structure.

Through the construction of the BRI, East Africa has its own expressway, the Maldives has its first inter-island bridge, Belarus can produce sedans and the number of freight trains between China and Europe is on the rise. The once rusted Greek port of Piraeus has now become one of the world’s fastest-growing container terminals.

“The Piraeus project is a prosperous model of the BRI,” said George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece, adding that the initiative is a key project of Sino-Western cooperation and also provides a way to change the structure of global governance.

“It brought us a shared society, shared prosperity and shared future,” he said.

Over the past years, the BRI has been extended from Asia and Europe to Africa, the Americas and Oceania, with the collective action unprecedented in history.

“The initiative has linked China extensively with its neighbors,” said Kishore Mahbubani, a distinguished fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.

With strengthened cooperation, more economic dividends will be seen in BRI countries, he added.

From 2013 to 2018, the trade volume between China and other countries along the Belt and Road surpassed 6 trillion U.S. dollars and China’s investment in those countries exceeded 90 billion dollars.

“Though proposed by China, the opportunities and achievements brought by the BRI are shared by the world,” said Zhao Ai, executive vice president of the China Society of Economic Reform.

“The cooperation among BRI countries has opened up new space for world economic growth, built a new platform for international trade and investment and contributed to the improvement of the global governance system,” he said.

Source: Xinhua

Top chefs showcase delicacies in Guangzhou

As a supporting activity of the Understanding China Guangzhou Conference, which was held from Oct 25 to 27, the World Cuisine Collection and Top Chef Show took place on Oct 26 in Guangzhou, showcasing delicacies from 10 countries including China, Japan, India, and Thailand.

Zhu Xiaoyi, deputy director of the Guangzhou publicity department, said that the activity is expected to promote cultural exchanges among different countries through cuisines.

Top overseas Chinese chefs were invited to cook during the activity and carry out discussions on how Chinese food can be used as a way to increase global understanding about China.

Ken Hom, who was born and raised in Guangzhou, cooked black bean sauce chicken using traditional techniques. Hom had been invited to record a program named Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery for the BBC in 1982, which became a big hit.

“It makes me feel warm that I’m back in Guangzhou, speaking Cantonese,” said Hom.

Martin Yan, who was also born in Guangzhou, has been hosting a program named Yan Can Cook for around 40 years.

Yan said that organizing such events in Guangzhou offers a good opportunity for Chinese chefs to communicate and learn from outstanding chiefs from all over the world.

Source: eguangzhou.gov.cn