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Zhou Hanmin (Standing Committee Member of CPPCC, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Committee of CPPCC)
发布时间:2015年01月09日  来源:察哈尔学会  作者:Zhou Hanmin  阅读:1216

Distinguished Mr. Feng Guo Qin, Mr. Zhao Qi zheng, Dr. Han Fang ming, dear Melissen, Gratz, ladies and gentlemen,

Good afternoon!


It's our great pleasure to celebrate the first World Cities Day and the opening of the 3rd International Forum on Public Diplomacy. I would like to extend my warm welcome to all of you.

 

The Shanghai Expo was successfully held four years ago, and Shanghai Declaration was announced by 56 international organizations. In the meantime, World Cities Day was established then. With globalization and urbanization, people have to deal with all kinds of opportunities and challenges, and cities are becoming more important for a better life. The UN approved World Cities Day.

 

Shanghai, as a super Metropolis, has realized great economic, social and cultural development since its opening up 30 years ago, especially the opening up of Pudong District.

 

Shanghai has been in the front line of China's opening up. With its unique characteristics, Shanghai has been dedicated to making a positive international image by developing city diplomacy and public diplomacy and serving the overall national diplomacy. There are over 70 consulates, more than 100 foreign media agencies, thousands of representative offices and organizations of foreign companies in Shanghai. What is particularly worthy of mentioning here is that Shanghai has established friendly relations with over 60 countries and 70 cities in five continents, which lay a solid foundation for Shanghai's practice of city diplomacy.

 

Shanghai's progress in culture and civilization are realized by learning the essence of foreign cities. Premier Li Keqiang visited EU recently, and he emphasized that the China-EU cooperative partnership is of great importance for both countries. Europe is the terminal of Ancient Silk Road, China-Europe relation has been close ever since. As Premier Li pointed, relation between China and Europe likes an overpass, which connects the two countries together and carries the dreams of both countries. Personally speaking, cities are junctions. Among the friendly cities of Shanghai, over 20 are in Europe, with which Shanghai has made frequent exchanges and cooperation. Former premier Zhu Rongji has praised the friendly relationship between Shanghai and Europe is model for international friendly cities. I hope this forum will explore more ways for city diplomacy, promoting cities' exchanges between China and Europe to a new high level.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Shanghai municipal CPPCC has been highlighting and giving a lot of support to public diplomacy with its own advantages. Since the establishment of Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association in 2011, a lot of efforts have been made to the exploration and practice of public diplomacy. It is our great honor to share our achievements and experience in city diplomacy with experts, scholars from both home and abroad. It would be of great importance to discuss the topic of city diplomacy on World Cities Day.

 

Finally, I sincerely wish the forum a great success and best wishes to all of you! Thank you very much! 

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