From November 26th to 28th, the government of Xuzhou hosted the Cooperation and Exchange Meeting between Xuzhou, ASEAN and B&R Related Countries and the 2020 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Xuzhou) Local Regional Cooperation Exchange Meeting. On the morning of 26th, Professor Zhou Ruguang, President of JSNU, was invited to attend a series of activities, and delivered a speech entitled “deepening practical cooperation, promoting cultural exchanges, and injecting new vitality into the win-win cooperation between China and ASEAN (Belt and Road) countries”. President Zhou gave a brief introduction of JSNU and its exchanges with ASEAN universities. He also presented his ideas on how to promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges. More than 100 representatives from consulates general of ASEAN and “B&R” related countries in Shanghai, foreign enterprises, important enterprises in Xuzhou, universities in Xuzhou and other institutions gathered in Xuzhou to participate in the meeting. The meeting plays a positive role in promoting ASEAN countries’ understanding of Xuzhou, promoting economic and trade exchanges, and strengthening cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
On the morning of 27th, President Zhou Ruguang was invited to attend the 2020 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Xuzhou) Local Regional Cooperation Exchange Meeting. The meeting was chaired by Mayor Zhuang Zhaolin. Wang Rongping, Vice Chairman of Jiangsu CPPCC, Zhou Tiegen, Secretary of Xuzhou Municipal Party Committee and Director of the Standing Committee of Xuzhou Municipal People’s Congress, Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Wang Hongliu, Director of the Comprehensive Coordination Department of the China-ASEAN Center, Ambassador of Sri Lankan and other officials delivered speeches respectively. Zhou Tiegen and Mr. Sheraly Dronon, Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, jointly unveiled the plaque for “Xuzhou-SCO Park”. Under the joint witness of guests from home and abroad, President Zhou Ruguang signed an online contract on behalf of JSNU to jointly build Belt and Road research branch with Ali Farabi Kazakh National University for Nationalities.
A total of 28 countries’ embassies and consulates, 2 international organizations and economic institutions, and 2 international relations research centers attended this meeting. More than 200 representatives from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, foreign enterprises, important enterprises in Xuzhou, universities in Xuzhou and other institutions attended the meeting. The holding of the conference provided a new opportunity and injected new impetus to improve Xuzhou’s regional opening level, and opened a new chapter of Xuzhou’s friendly exchanges with foreign countries for mutual benefit and win-win results.