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On the afternoon of September 27, an art performance featuring Wuxi's distinctive culture and Chinese and foreign arts jointly performed by Chinese and foreign friends was presented in Wuxi Great Hall of the People, which marked the end of the 2020 Wuxi International Friendship Cultural Week. Li Xikui, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, watched the performance. Huang Qin, Secretary of the CPC Wuxi Municipal Committee, met with the group led by Mr. Li Xikui. Bai Suning, President of the Jiangsu People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, leaders of Wuxi Mr. Du Xiaogang, Mr. Xu Yiping, Mr. Zhou Minwei and Mr. Zhou Changqing, and Zhang Lijun, Secretary General of the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, attended related events.
At present, there are about 6,500 permanent foreign residents in Wuxi. Many outstanding representatives of them have made contributions to non-governmental exchanges with foreign countries and economic and social development of Wuxi. After extensive and in-depth selection, the Wuxi People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries selected the first batch of 34 “Envoys for People's friendship of Wuxi”. Wuxi achieved outstanding results in “twin promotion programs (promoting exchanges of international friendship schools and friendship hospitals)”. As of the end of 2019, about 150 primary and secondary schools have carried out exchanges and cooperation with more than 300 overseas schools. And Wuxi has established friendly relationship with 18 international (overseas) friendly hospitals, the number of which and the number of exchange personnel ranked at the top of the whole country and the whole province. At the awarding ceremony before the art performance, leaders of Wuxi presented awards to the representatives of the "Envoys for People's friendship of Wuxi" and the outstanding groups for the development of the "twin promotion programs" in recognition of their contributions to promoting sino-foreign exchanges.
In the cultural performance, Chinese and foreign friends jointly presented wonderful performance such as singing and dancing, recitations, and western and national instrumental music performances. More than 800 people from all walks of life and foreign friends in Wuxi watched the performance and shared the joy of the festival together. Professional actors and professional teams in Wuxi and employees from foreign companies such as Wuxi Murata Electronics and Seagate Technology International offered excellent performances. The cultural performance was broadcasted in real time online and had interaction with Jiangyin and Yixing venues.
It was the first time for Wuxi to hold the 2020 Wuxi International Friendship Cultural Week. During the event, the cornerstone laying ceremony of "Wuxi International Cherry Blossom Friendship Forest" and the “Ying Wei You Ni” photography and art exhibition of the world's three major cherry blossom viewing spots were held to further expand the platform of foreign cooperation, promote non-governmental exchanges with foreign countries and demonstrate good image of Wuxi to the outside world.