Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon is visiting Beijing, China, from November 1 to 4 to attend a meeting of the 21st Century Council, where he joined discussions on China’s economy, society, and development strategies.
At this meeting, over 20 members of the 21st Century Council, including Mayor Park, and more than 10 former government officials, businessmen, and scholars participated in five discussion sessions. Moreover, on November 3, all participants of the 21st Century Council had a face-to-face talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.
The themes of the five sessions of the meeting, held over a period of two nights and three days, were: ① China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and Economic Strategy, ② China’s Regional Development Strategy, ③ China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and the Strengthening of Reforms in Accordance with Constitutionalism, ④ China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, and ⑤ China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and Global Governance.
On November 4, the last day of his visit, Mayor Park Won Soon will meet with Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun and come to an agreement on strengthening practical exchanges and cooperation between Seoul and Beijing in terms of economic, cultural, and environmental issues through the Seoul-Beijing Joint Council. In particular, at the “Forum on Air Quality Improvement,” the two mayors will search for ways in which both cities may cooperate on the development of technologies to improve air quality. Also, at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, an official institution tasked with discovering, fostering, and re-educating important executives of the Chinese Communist Party, Mayor Park will give a special lecture titled “Seoul’s Governance and Urban Innovation.”
“China’s impact on Seoul’s economy is significant, as Chinese travelers account for the majority of tourists visiting Seoul and the country is the largest export partner for our businesses,” explained Mayor Park. He added, “Through this 21st Century Council meeting, I hope to learn more about China and use this knowledge to make good decisions for the future of Seoul. I will also participate in the discussions and talk about how China’s development will contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Greater East Asia.”