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Yang Xiong Meets Mayor of Cork, Ireland
    On October 22, Yang Xiong, mayor of Shanghai, met with Chris O’Leary, mayor of Cork, Ireland, and his delegation.
    Mayor Yang Xiong said that this year marks the 10th anniversary of twinning of Shanghai and Cork. Over the past 10 years, the two sides have conducted practical cooperation in the training of public servants, cultural and educational areas and scored remarkable achievements. He called for the two cities, which are similar in many aspects, to strengthen learning from each other and promote common development, while deepening exchange and cooperation as sister cities. China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone is an experimental plot in China’s reform and opening up drive, where we are further facilitating investment and trade and promoting financial reform and opening up through institutional innovation. In the process, we have borrowed the experience of Shannon Free Zone in Ireland. So FTZ building has provided a new opportunity for the economic and trade cooperation between Shanghai and Cork and Ireland. In the meantime, Shanghai is stepping up the building of a science and technology innovation center with a global reach, which will offer new vistas of collaboration between the institutions of higher learning, scientific research institutions and enterprises of the two cities. We would like to further expand our cooperation, for mutual benefit and win for both.
    Mayor Chris O’Leary said that since becoming sister cities 10 years ago, Cork and Shanghai have had exchange and cooperation in multiple ways, which has enhanced the mutual understanding and friendship between the people of the two cities. He took great delight in seeing that past efforts have produced abundant fruits today. He hoped his visit will further push forward the exchange between the governments of the two cities, boost cooperation between the business communities, deepen cultural and educational exchange, and propel the development of tourism.