Beijing, Helsinki forge sister city relationship
GOV.cn Friday, July 14, 2006


Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan (R) shakes hands with Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen after they sign the agreement in Helsinki, capital of Finland, July 14, 2006. China's capital city of Beijing and Finland's Helsinki on Friday signed the agreement to become sister cities. [Xinhua Photo]



Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan (R) and Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen sign the agreement in Helsinki, capital of Finland, July 14, 2006.[Xinhua Photo]


China's capital city of Beijing and Finland's Helsinki on Friday signed an agreement to become sister cities.

Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan and Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen signed the agreement in Helsinki, making it the 37th sister city of Beijing.

Wang described the agreement as a summary of both past cooperation between Beijing and Helsinki, and a plan for new ventures between the two cities.

According to the agreement, the twin cities will make exchanges and establish joint ventures in fields such as economy, trade, science and technology, culture, education and sports.

Pajunen said that during his visit to Beijing in June, he saw great change and progress in the city, and evidence that Beijing was preparing for the 2008 Olympic Games vigorously. He wished the2008 Games in Beijing a great success.

The two cities could further expand their cooperation in the fields of high-technology and in establishing relationships between universities and enterprises, said the Helsinki mayor.

Editor: Yangtze Yan
Source: Xinhua