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Fujian, Okinawa celebrate 25th anniversary of friendly relations

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-11-28

East China's Fujian province and Okinawa prefecture, Japan, which became sister states in 1997, celebrated their 25 anniversary of friendly relations at a commemorative event on Nov 25.

Fujian Governor Zhao Long and Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki exchanged congratulatory messages via a video link, with both vowing to enhance cooperation during the online meeting.

Over the past 25 years, friendly relations between Fujian and Okinawa have been developing continuously in various fields that are yielding remarkable results, Zhao said.

Zhao added that he hopes both sides will strengthen cooperation in the fields of the digital, marine, green, and cultural and tourism economies, continue to deepen people-to-people exchanges and youth exchanges, and contribute to promoting friendly cooperation between China and Japan.

Tamaki expressed his gratitude to people from all walks of life who have made efforts and contributions to the development of friendly relations between Fujian and Okinawa.

Tamaki also noted that Okinawa and Fujian are geographically close to each other and their exchanges are currently active. Over the past 25 years, the two places have achieved positive results in economic and trade exchanges, people-to-people exchanges, cultural and tourism cooperation and other fields, adding that he hopes the two sides will continue to work together to broaden the scope of exchanges and deepen friendly relations.

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