MBKS mayor discusses establishing friendship cities with China’s Consul General in Kuching

Wee (left) presenting a goodie bag to Xing during the courtesy visit.

KUCHING, July 6: The Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching His Excellency Xing Weiping and deputy Consul General Song Changhong paid a courtesy visit to Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng at the latter’s office in Jalan Padungan here today to discuss the possibility of establishing friendship cities between Kuching South and China.

According to a statement, the main topic of discussion is how Sarawak and China’s cultures can be shared so that both cities can benefit from tourism and business.

“As China is one of the few existing countries that also flourished economically and culturally in the earliest stages of world civilization, China is a truly unique country from whose success stories we can learn a great deal in terms of culture, business, tourism, and the smart city concept.

“Furthermore, there is the possibility of exchanging knowledge in terms of the Smart City Concept, which will undoubtedly benefit both Kuching South and China.

“Sharing the opportunity to learn more about the smart city concept, which both cities are currently implementing, as well as the potential future development in the digital world, as China is known for its booming technology and software development,” the statement read.

Additionally, Wee briefed Xing on the recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognition of Kuching City as a City of Gastronomy, as well as how the Council and the associations collaborated in their bid for the title.

“Wee added that with this recognition, we will be able to create opportunities for the promotion of local goods in other Chinese cities.

“The Mayor also informed Xing on the upcoming Kuching Festival, where we will collaborate on the gastronomy elements as we have invited the Indonesia Consulate, Brunei Consulate, and China Consulate to join the festival by providing them with a booth to promote their delicacies,” it said. — DayakDaily