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“Sail of Shanghai – Cruising Exhibition of Economic & Cultural Cooperation along the Belt and Road 2017” Opens in Estonia

    On September 11, "Sail of Shanghai – Cruising Exhibition of Economic & Cultural Cooperation along the Belt and Road 2017", sponsored by Shanghai Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, opened in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Viljar Lubi, deputy minister of economic affairs and infrastructure of Estonia, Taavi Aas, acting mayor of Tallinn, Yin Yicui, chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal Peoples Congress, and Qu Zhe, Chinese ambassador to Estonia, members of the Shanghai economic & trade and cultural delegation, business leaders and local citizens, more than 200 in total, attended the opening ceremony.

    Deputy Minister Viljar Lubi extended warm welcome to Chairwoman Yin Yicui and the Shanghai economic & trade and cultural delegation, noting that the exhibition’s theme symbolizes the two great port cities advancing hand in hand. He wished to take this opportunity to explore more opportunities for cooperation between the two cities.

    Ambassador Qu Zhe spoke on expansion of highly yielding cooperation, saying that Estonia is Chinas important partner in the Baltic region, that the two countries enjoy great potential for increasing bilateral trade and investment and can supplement each other by utilizing their respective strengths, and that there is a foundation for wide cooperation. He expected the two countries to head toward solid cooperation in broader areas.

    In his remarks, Acting Mayor Taavi Aas said Tallinn-Shanghai cooperation is as important as that between Estonia and China. Both cities are of crucial importance in their respective countries in industry, commerce, science & technology, and have different cultures, which makes them attractive tourist destinations for citizens of the other side. He called for better cooperation in the commerce, trade, municipal, tourist and cultural areas.

    Chairwoman Yin Yicui, in her address, stressed the diversity of the exhibition, which covers economic, trade and cultural areas and includes, in particular, a non-material cultural heritage show. She hoped that the exhibition will help promote mutual understanding between the two sides, and she welcomed the Estonian business community and personages of various circles to participate in the building of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and Shanghai international science & technology innovation center. She also encouraged Shanghai enterprises to go to Estonia to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation.

    After the opening ceremony, all the guests attended a performance given by a traditional instruments band of Luwan High School, visited Culture of Shanghai – A Charming City exhibition and business exhibition booths. They also viewed some non-material cultural heritage projects from Jingan, Baoshan, Jiading, Jinshan and Fengxian districts. The economic & trade delegation, aside from exhibitions, also held promotions of Shanghai international science & technology innovation center and a China-Estonia business forum.

    The cultural delegation also held a variety of activities. Luwan High School had folk music exchange with a local music school, and the womens basketball teams of Xiangming High School and a local sports school played a friendship game.

    Shanghai Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries led the cultural delegation to Estonian Non-Material Cultural Heritage Center, Estonia Federation of Cities, Estonian Academy of Sciences, National Library of Estonia, Tallinn University, National Business School, Tallinn international cruise liner terminal and Estonian Cultural Heritage Museum, where it held a range of cultural activities. And Shanghai Library opened a "Window of Shanghai" bookroom at Estonian National Library, its 164th in the world.