Tallinn and Beijing will cooperate: friendly relations with Beijing open new opportunities

The other day, during the visit of the Mayor of Tallinn, Taavi Aas, to the People's Republic of China, he met with the Mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining, during which an agreement on cooperation between the two capitals was signed.

"This is a symbolic step towards moving to a higher level of contacts with Beijing, - Aas stressed. - By itself, a meeting at this level is evidence of a positive development of relations. Now we need to fill this agreement with real content."

The contract consists of nine points and declares the need for cooperation, primarily in such areas as electronic governance and the development of a “smart” city, landscaping, waste management, public transport and energy conservation, as well as tourism and cultural exchange.

The parties promise to facilitate the establishment of direct contacts between technology parks, enterprises, cultural institutions, education and civil society associations.

Taavi Aas is convinced that friendly relations with Beijing, open up new opportunities for Tallinn citizens, including expanding their horizons.

"The center of gravity in the world is increasingly moving towards Asia, and we cannot ignore it," - Aas said. - For example, they are ahead of us in the field of mobile payments, they give Europe a head start in the field of exhaust gas control, so there is every reason to be interested in their experience."

The visit, according to Aas, played a positive role in acquainting Chinese friends with the opportunities for studying in Tallinn and Estonia, tourism to Tallinn and Estonia and its capital as a convenient place for the development of entrepreneurship.

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