Sanya establishes sister-city relationship with Blackpool, UK
A sister-city relationship was established between Sanya and Blackpool during a nine-member Sanya tourism promotion delegation’s visit to Blackpool on September 6th, 2016.
The Sanya delegation, led by Mr. Yue Jin, Deputy Party Secretary of the Sanya Municipal Committee and Executive Vice Mayor of Sanya, was greeted by members of the Chinese community in Blackpool with a traditional lion dance outside Blackpool Council’s offices on Bickerstaffe Square, before the delegation moved on to sign the cooperation agreement with Mr. Simon Blackburn, leader of the Blackpool Council.
The agreement stipulates that based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit, both sides agree to carry out cooperation and exchange in the fields of economy, trade, science, technology, culture, education, and tourism to push forward the development of the two regions.
Mr. Yue Jin said the agreement marked a new chapter in the relationship between Sanya and Blackpool — two cities that are highly complementary in many fields. Mr. Yue Jin expressed his hope that the two cities would carry out in-depth cooperation and exchange on a larger scale and at higher levels. Mr. Yue Jin also proposed a three-year cooperative and practical action plan, including exchange visits of schoolchildren, medical cooperation, and ballroom dance training.
Blackpool is the latest among thirteen cities that have established sister-city relationships with Sanya since 1994.
Sanya’s thirteen sister cities are Alhambra, USA (1994); Lapu-Lapu, Philippines (1997); Cannes, France (1997), Seogwipo, South Korea (1999); Yalta, Ukraine (2004); Kuusamo, Finland (2006); Maui, Hawaii, USA (2007); Sal, Cape Verde Islands (2009); Cancun, Mexico (2010); Khabarovsk, Russia (2011); Dubrovnik, Croatia (2013); Viareggio, Italy (2015); and Blackpool, UK (2016).