‘Key to Prague’ sym­bol­izes partnership

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By HUY­ONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping re­ceived a to­ken of the highest hon­or­fromPragueonTues­day, af­ter the cap­i­tal of the Czech Re­pub­lic be­came Bei­jing’s 53rd sis­ter city.

Prague Mayor Adri­ana Kr­na­cova pre­sented the “Key to Prague” — rep­re­sent­ing deep­en­ing friend­ship and part­ner­ship­with­China— toXi soon af­ter Kr­na­cova signed an agree­ment with Bei­jingMayor Wang An­shun on the new sis­ter city sta­tus.

Bei­jing, a grow­ing cen­ter for in­ter­na­tional ex­changes, now has sis­ter cities in 48 coun­tries.

The agree­ment, which came dur­ing Xi’s state visit to the Cen­tral Euro­pean coun­try, will boost the co­op­er­a­tion of both cap­i­tals on cul­ture, health­care, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism and sports.

Pres­i­dent Xi said the key, rep­re­sent­ing the deep friend­ship be­tween the Czech and Chi­nese peo­ple, will re­mind him of Prague as a world cul­tural her­itage site with beau­ti­ful land­scapes and deep­rooted cul­tural tra­di­tions.

The pres­i­dent said ex­changes be­tween Chi­nese and Czech cities are key to the devel­op­ment of the two coun­tries’ bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, addingthathe­hope­d­both­cap­i­tals will bring about new break­throughsin­re­la­tion­sand lo­cal co­op­er­a­tion.

Kr­na­cova echoed his views and said she was ex­cited to see Xi at the sign­ing cer­e­mony for the sis­ter-city agree­ment.

As­partofthea­gree­ment, the Bei­jing Com­mis­sion of Tourism Devel­op­ment will help Prague re­view Chi­nese-lan­guage pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als for the city and make lo­gos in Man­darin for tourism sites in Prague, ac­cord­ing to the For­eign Af­fairs Of­fice of Bei­jing.

The two cap­i­tals be­gan of­fi­cial ex­changes in 1956 and have achieved progress in bi­lat­eral trade­and­co­op­er­a­tion in health­care, cul­tural ex­changes and tourism pro­mo­tion­since2014, whenCzech For­eign Min­is­ter Lubomir Zao­ralek vis­it­edChina.

Over the past two years, Bei­jing sent two high-rank­ing del­e­ga­tions of of­fi­cials and en­trepreneurs to the China In­vest­ment Fo­rum in Prague.

In De­cem­ber, Bei­jing Tong Ren Tang Group Co opened a tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine clinic in Prague.

In Oc­to­ber 2014, Karel Pech, chair­man and founder of the Czech-Chi­nese Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, vis­ited a phar­macy owned by Tong Ren Tang Group in down­town Bei­jing and saw first­hand how TCM doc­tors treated pa­tients.

Dr. MAX— one of the largest phar­macy chains in Cen­tral Europe, with more than 500 phar­ma­cies serv­ing 130,000 cus­tomers daily — signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Tong Ren Tang in De­cem­ber 2014, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries. One year later, the clinic was es­tab­lished.

QIAN YI / XIN­HUA

Fire­works light the night along the Vl­tava River in Prague on Tues­day as part of the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Fan­tas­ticTer­ra­cotta Fight­ingWar­riors ex­hi­bi­tion in the cap­i­tal of the Czech Re­pub­lic. Two boats with a to­tal of 60 il­lu­mi­nated ter­ra­cotta war­riors will cruise the river to cel­e­brate the nam­ing, dur­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s visit, of Prague and Bei­jing as sis­ter cities.

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