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Council signs agreement to forge new partnership with Dongying, China

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Council signs agreement to forge new partnership with Dongying, China

Published at 11:02am 19th October 2017.

To benefit the borough and help develop relationships with international towns and cities, the Council Leader, Cllr Paul Spooner, and Managing Director, James Whiteman have signed a new partnership agreement with Dongying in China.

The partnership agreement was signed on behalf of Dongying by Zhao Haozhi, the City's Mayor, at a special meeting on 15 October.

Cllr Spooner said: "As an outward looking borough, we know that forging new partnerships both in the UK and internationally can help us achieve our goals. With its extraordinary economic growth in recent decades, it is impossible to think about developing new international relationships without thinking about China. There are so many potential mutual benefits in terms of trade, investment and through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

"We look forward to establishing and developing the partnership between Guildford and Dongying and, as it says in the agreement that we have just signed, to enhancing the understanding and friendship between our places and people."

The Council approved the visit to China by the small delegation, and the signing of a formal partnership agreement, at its meeting on 10 October. The Leader and Managing Director were joined by the Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Matt Furniss, and representatives from the University of Surrey.

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