Signing Ceremony Marks 20th Anniversary of Sister City Agreement with Beijing, China

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Signing Ceremony Marks 20th Anniversary of Sister City Agreement with Beijing, China

(Washington, DC) Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Mayor Qishan Wang of Beijing, China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to mark the 20th Anniversary of the "Friendship Agreement" between Beijing, China and Washington, DC.

The purpose of the Memorandum is to promote closer relationship between the citizens of the District and Beijing in the fields of business and trade, city development, tourism, government, culture and education and sports.

"Today, we mark the 20th Anniversary of the District's long friendship and cooperation with the People's Government of Beijing Municipality" said Mayor Williams. "This Memorandum of Understanding will help to foster closer ties between Beijing and the District, as well as help to expand business opportunities and tourism development between both capitals."

This sister-city agreement comes at a time of improved cooperation and growing friendship between the two cities. The cities have agreed to advance their relationship and cooperation, both parties have agreed to exchange information and share "lessons learned" from administration and management experiences of Beijing and DC government agencies.

The agreement calls for mutual cooperation in many areas, including: increased opportunity between business enterprises as well as information exchange on city development programs and projects. The agreement spans the areas of tourism and travel, the active promotion of increased exchange in the fields of art and culture; education and research; and youth and sports activities.

Representatives from the District's Chinese community, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, and the director of the Executive Office of Pacific Asian Islander Affairs joined Mayor Williams at today's signing ceremony.