The 2012 China-Vietnam People Friendship Festival opened in Liuzhou in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Nov 17. The opening ceremony was attended by Feng Zuoku, vice-president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the China-ASEAN Association; Qi Jianguo, vice-president of the China-Vietnam Friendship Association; officials from the Liuzhou government, including Wen Hequn, Jiao Yaoguang and Liu Xiangqun; and more than 200 Chinese and Vietnamese representatives.
Deputy Liuzhou Mayor Jiao Yaoguang noted in his speech that friendship between Liuzhou and Vietnamese people enjoys a long history. As early as 2004, Liuzhou city established a sister-city relationship with Vietnam. After the establishment of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA), exchanges in culture, education and tourism, economic cooperation and people-to-people intercourse between Liuzhou and Vietnamese cities have increasingly expanded.
The festival will last four days, which includes a forum, a tree-planting event, signing of the declaration of friendship and Liuzhou sightseeing.
Edited by Lin Hong and Michael Thai