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    Ningxia and Gyeongsangbuk-do Hold Online Meeting

    Ningxia Foreign Affairs Office (NXFAO), in order to implement the Three-Year Plan for Developing?Friendly?Relations?between Ningxia?and Gyeongsangbuk-do”, held an online meeting with its counterpart from Gyeongsangbuk-do on March 29.?Bai Yuzhen, Party Secretary of NXFAO, and Lee Young-won, Director of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Division of Gyeongsangbuk-do?Provincial Government, attended?and addressed the meeting.

    Bai Yuzhen pointed out that in October last year, Ningxia and Gyeongsangbuk-do officially established?friendly?relations, opening?up a new chapter of exchanges between the two sides.?Through online communication?and cloud foreign affairs”, Ningxia and Gyeongsangbuk-do have cooperated?in areas such as training?of civil servants, youth exchanges on environmental protection,?and people-to-people exchanges, which have promoted the friendship?between the two places and their?peoples. Bai Yuzhen said that as this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the ROK?and the “China-ROK Year of Cultural Exchange”, NXFAO will maintain close contact with the Foreign Affairs and Trade Division of Gyeongsangbuk-do,?create more flagship projects?and mechanisms?for exchanges, and step up people-to-people?exchanges, economic interactions and pragmatic cooperation?to see that the?friendly relations between the two sides will be further upgraded.

    Lee Young-won?spoke highly of the achievements and development of friendly exchanges and cooperation between Gyeongsangbuk-do and Ningxia at both?governmental and nongovernmental?levels.?He said that the Foreign Affairs and Trade Division?of?Gyeongsangbuk-do will share?updates on Gyeongsangbuk-dos economic and social development as well as its international cooperation?projects with NXFAO, to bring prosperity to the two places and more benefits to the two peoples.

    At the meeting, Han Bin, Director of Ningxia Library, and Jung Sun-hong, Director of Gyeongbuk Library, gave an introduction to their institutions respectively and exchanged views on strengthening book?exchanges?and cooperation. NXFAO and the Foreign Affairs and Trade Division of Gyeongsangbuk-do discussed how to celebrate the “China-ROK Year of Cultural Exchange”, and briefed each other?on the activities and projects to be initiated this year. A consensus was also reached?on the key areas of exchanges?and cooperation between the two sides.