Main exchanges with Xiangyang
On October 20, 2012, a delegation led by Speaker Peter Burks of Wakefield City Council visited Xiangyang and had talks about matters regarding the establishment of sister city ties with Xiangyang City. On October 21, Xiangyang and Wakefield entered into a letter of intent for establishing sister city ties. Peter Burks said that it was planned to have exchanges with Xiangyang in the following three aspects: firstly, promotion of exchanges between young people from the two cities, which are expected to learn more experience and skills and find more ideal jobs; secondly, investment in education, with the expectation of cooperation in set up an international school in Xiangyang; thirdly, cooperation in logistics, with the expectation of strengthening cooperation in logistics as Xiangyang is located in the center of China as Wakefield is to Britain.
On May 23 through June 1, 2015, an economic and trade delegation led by Mr. Wang Zhaomin, the then Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Xiangyang Municipal Committee and Executive Deputy Mayor of Xiangyang, went to Britain, France and Germany for business and investment attraction as well as friendly exchanges, with fruitful results. Xiangyang and Wakefield show strong industrial complementarity and extensive cooperation space, and the latter desired to establish sister city ties with Xiangyang.
On July 16 through 19, 2016, a delegation led by Speaker Peter Burks of Wakefield City Council visited Xiangyang again and Xiangyang Technician College, Xiangyang Uranus Garments Co., Ltd. and other units there. On July 18, Xiangyang and Wakefield concluded a sister city agreement, opening a new chapter for cooperation and exchanges between the two cities.
Introduction to Wakefield
Wakefield, as a member of York and Humboldt County and located in the southwest of the county, has a population of about 320,000 and sits on the center of four industrial metropolises such as York, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, 38 miles, 19 miles, 33 miles and 42 miles away from the four cities respectively. It is a famous coal mine and traditional equipment manufacturing center and a logistics center in the British history, which has abundant coal mine resources. The local authority of the City of Wakefield is the City Council, which consists of 63 councilmen from multiple electoral districts in the city to manage the city on behalf of citizens.
Owing to its abundant coal resources, Wakefield has been an important logistics center and railway center in Britain since the Industrial Revolution and early in 1838, British Corn Futures Exchange was set up in Wakefield. In 1840, Wakefield opened a railway. In 1863, British National Coal Board was stationed in Wakefield; today, the city has transformed from a traditional coal industry to a new commercial center relying on railway logistics and most citizens in the city are engaged in commercial trade.
Signing ceremony for the establishment of sister city ties between Xiangyang and Wakefield, UK in July 2016
Left: Speaker Peter Burks of Wakefield City Council; Right: Deputy Mayor Zhang Xiaofan of Xiangyang City
In July 2016, the delegation from Wakefield visited Xiangyang Technician College