On October 18th, 2018, the 20th Exchange Conference of Friendly Cities among China, Japan and Korea was held in Kaifeng. The Conference was hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), co-hosted by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) and Governors Association of Korea (GAK). Mr. He Jinping, vice governor of Henan province, Ms. Linyi, Vice President of CPAFFC, Ms. Fu Jing, Director of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Henan Province, Ms. Hou Hong, Secretary of the Communist Party of China Kaifeng Municipal Committee, Mr. Gao Jianjun, Mayor of Kaifeng, Mr. OKAMOTO TAMOTSU, President of CLAIR, and Mr. Kim Yun-sig, President of GAK attended and addressed at the opening ceremony. More than 400 representatives of the local governments from China, Japan and Korea participated as guests.
With the theme of “Building a Cooperative and Win-win Northeast Asian Community of Shared Future” and centering on topics of “Traditional Culture and Progress of Civilization”, “Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development” and “Smart City and Technological Advancement”, the participants from China, Japan and Korea shared their developmental experiences, offering valuable advice for the practical cooperation in more areas among the local governments of the three countries.
This year marks the 20thanniversary of the Exchange Conference of Friendship Cities among China, Japan and Korea. With a new beginning and to honor the contributions made by local governments of the three countries in the cooperation of friendship cities, Madam Lin Yi awarded “Excellent Friendship City Cooperation Prize” to 15 pairs of friendship cities at the closing ceremony.
The participants also attended the opening ceremony of the 36th China Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Culture Festival during the conference.
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