On December 17, Tan Zuojun, member of CPC Standing Committee of Liaoning Province and secretary of CPC Committee of Dalian, met with a delegation from Kitakyushu City Council led by Yoshiyuki Okamoto, deputy speaker of Japan's Kitakyushu City Council. Vice Mayor Jin Guowei attended the meeting.
On behalf of Dalian Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government, Tan Zuojun welcomed Okamoto's visit. He said that last month, I led the Dalian Economic and Trade Delegation to Japan for a friendly visit and carried out a series of meetings, promotions and communion activities. We were warmly received by people from all walks of life in Japan, including Kitakyushu, and expressed heartfelt thanks.
During the visit, I was deeply impressed by Kitakyushu's experience and practices in urban governance. I hope the two sides will continue to strengthen practical cooperation in environmental protection, resource reuse and other fields. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the friendship between Dalian and Kitakyushu. We are willing to work with Kitakyushu to further deepen practical cooperation and scientific, technological and cultural exchanges with the help of the "North Bridge in the Air" of direct flights, so that the people of the two places can have more sense of friendship and cooperation.
Okamoto spoke highly of the achievements of cooperation between the two places in the fields of economy, culture and environmental protection in recent years, and expressed his willingness to take the opening of direct flights between Dalian and Kitakyushu as an opportunity to further expand cooperation with Dalian in the fields of economy and trade, environmental protection, tourism, sports and youth exchanges, so as to play a greater role in opening a new chapter of friendly exchanges between the two sides.