Main exchanges with Xiangyang
In 2013, Xiangyang Bearing Company and Krasnik S.A. in Lublin Voivodeship, Poland achieved strategic cooperation and combination of their strengths. It was the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese bearing enterprise in 2013, marking substantial progress in exchanges and cooperation between the two cities and it is a model for successful cooperation between Chinese and Polish enterprises. Lublin is highly complementary with Xiangyang in economy and trade, technology, culture and other fields, showing broad cooperation prospects.
On March 18, 2015, an economic goodwill mission led by Wang Junzheng, the then Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hubei Provincial Committee and Party Secretary of Xiangyang City, visited Poland, met with Governor Wilker of Lublin Voivodeship and Deputy Mayor Grzegorz Sieminski of Lublin City and signed a letter of intent for establishing sister city ties with Lublin City. Besides, the two sides reached a couple of consensuses on promotion of economic cooperation and cultural exchanges.
Lublin is the first friendship city along the Silk Road Economic Belt since the “Belt and Road” Initiative was initiated, expanding the scope of cooperation for opening-up of Xiangyang City and opening a new chapter for economic, political and cultural exchanges between Xiangyang and Poland.
Introduction to Lublin
Lublin is the capital city of Lublin Voivodeship, Poland and the ninth largest city in Poland, which covers an area of about 147 square kilometers and has a population of about 350,000. It possesses unique geographical advantage, convenient traffic conditions and sound industrial system. The city was founded in the ninth century and was a traffic fortress and a trade center leading to the East in ancient times.
The industry in Lublin focuses on mechanical manufacturing (automobiles, agricultural machinery and precision machinery) and the processing industries involving food and pharmaceuticals, wood, garments and leather are also mature. There are a number of higher education institutions, including a state university named after Madame Curie and Catholic University. In 1944, Polish Committee of National Liberation (PKWN) was stationed there and the city served as a transportation junction. During the Second World War, fascist Germany build a large concentration camp in the city and the old town of Lublin was seriously destructed; after the WWII, a memorial hall was built at the former site of the concentration camp. On May 16, 2007, the region was identified as a national historical site.
In March 2015, Xiangyang City and Lublin City entered into a letter of intent for establishing sister city ties
In March 2015, Governor Wilker of Lublin Voivodeship, Poland presented a souvenir to the then Party Secretary Wang Zhengjun of Xiangyang; in the painting, the long-standing landmark building in Lublin Voivodeship implies the two old cities, Lublin and Xiangyang, face the future hand in hand