On this very day 50 years ago, China restored its lawful seat in the United Nations, and has from then consistently contributed its share as an important participant to enhancing friendship between peoples, promoting international cooperation and upholding world peace. On this historic day, we launch the "Our Friends Are All Over the World" Shenyang Online Photo Exhibition in Celebration of its Friendship with 100 Renowned Cities to showcase the allure of 100 international friendship cities of Shenyang, envision the promising exchanges and cooperation between the friendship cities, and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China with the remarkable achievements in work related to friendship cities.
Friendship among people boosts relations between countries, while mutual understanding enhances friendship. Friendship city exchanges serves as a major platform of China's public diplomacy and non-governmental diplomacy, a key channel of city diplomacy and an important part of China's overall diplomacy. The rapid development of the world requires not only more exchanges and better mutual understanding between countries, but also more communication and exchange bridges between cities.
Shenyang has always attached great importance to the role of friendship cities in its opening up. In accordance with the working policy of "positive attitude, steady steps, priority on enhancing friendship and delivering solid outcomes", Shenyang adheres to balanced development in terms of " both quantity and quality", and comprehensively promotes friendship-city-related work in a sound and sustainable manner. Since the establishment of the first friendship city relationship in 1980, Shenyang has established sister city relations with 22 cities and friendly and cooperative relations with 78 cities of 44 countries, and successfully accomplished the goal of "establishing friendly relationship with 100 renowned cities". Shenyang's broad network of friends have expanded to cover five continents. With frequent high-level mutual visits, constant highlights of economic and trade cooperation and deepening mutual understanding, exchanges and cooperation between Shenyang and its friendship cities have covered a diversified range of areas such as economy and trade, science and technology, culture, education, art, public health and youth exchanges in various forms including face-to-face meetings and activities, business-to-business matchmakings, economic and trade cooperation, cultural exchanges, talent training, sports events as well as donations and supports in times of difficulty. At the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, Shenyang and its friendship cities have exchanged experience and epidemic prevention materials, taken joint response to common challenges, and demonstrated the valuable friendship between the cities which have stood firmly with each other in overcoming the difficulties together. The international friendship cities have opened a window for the world to have a deeper understanding of Shenyang; The international friendship cities have also provided a bridge for Shenyang to integrate into the world and facilitate its development as an international city.
Making friends across five continents for win-win outcomes is the common aspiration of the friendship cities. Standing at the new starting point of the 14th Five-Year Plan period, Shenyang is making great strides towards the goal of "making new breakthroughs in revitalization across the board in the new era and building a national central city". In accordance with the working principle featured by "priority on enhancing friendship and delivering solid win-win outcomes", we will further promote all-round, wide-ranging and multi-level exchanges and cooperation with our friendship cities, promote win-win economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and people-to-people exchanges, and strive to become a model of regional cooperation between China and other countries in the new era.
Looking back, the photos on the 100 international friendship cities have demonstrated the time-honoured friendship between Shenyang and its friendship cities; Looking ahead, the open and confident Shenyang will embrace friends across the world. The network of friends will be further broadened and the tree of friendship will yield even more fruits!