Beijing, Seoul kick off Friendly Exchange Year
The opening ceremony of the Beijing-Seoul Friendly Exchange Year was held on Sundayevening, Beijing Times reported Monday.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Beijing-Seoul’s twin-city rela
Before addressing the ceremony, Beijing mayor Wang Anshun extended his deepestcondolences and sympathy to the victims of the Sichuan earthquake on behalf of the Beijinggovernment and Beijing’s citizens.
In the past 20 years, both cities achieved "comprehensive, friendly and cooperative relations",and the exchange activities in the Friendly Exchange Year are expected to “drive th
edevelopment of the strategic and cooperative partnership” between the two countries, W
Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, on behalf of the Seoul government and Seoul’s citizens,ex
pressed condolences to the earthquake victims, too.
The Republic of Korea 's ambassador to China, Lee Kyu-hyung, and Beijing officials Li Xiangand Chen Ping also attended the ceremony,