Xiamen, China execs visit Cebu amid outcry over Manila hostage crisis

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

CEBU CITY, Aug. 25 — Officials of Xiamen, China visited Cebu Tuesday and sought to strengthen cooperation and cultural ties with Cebu City amid the outcry over the violent hostage-taking in Manila last Monday, which resulted in the death of seven Hong Kong tourists.

Xiamen municipal committee officials and some businessmen arrived in Cebu City Tuesday to promote Xiamen Star Satellite TV, which, they said, would be an opportunity for better understanding by Filipinos of their arts and culture.

Sharing with Cebuanos their television programs through cable or Internet TV is one way of enhancing the cultural exchange and cooperation between the sister-cities of Xiamen and Cebu City, said Hong Biling.

Biling, the head of the delegation and member of the Standing Committee of Xiamen Municipal Committee, said they are still looking for local partners that can air the programs.

Xiamen Star TV has been launched in Malaysia, where TV programs are broadcast through the Internet.

“We are here to visit our relatives because Xiamen and Cebu City are sister-cities for over a decade now. Also, we are here to launch Xiamen Star TV. In Malaysia, we have the programs through Internet protocol TV so we have to find a local partner here for this,” Biling said through her interpreter.

Biling and some 30 officials and Xiamen Star TV executives were joined by city officials during the activity at the Cebu Grand Convention Center.

“With the objective of enhancing the cultural exchanges and cooperation between our two cities through the use of satellite TV, this can only improve the understanding of both our people and hopefully, build even stronger ties between our two governments and business community as a whole,” said Alfredo Go of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Xiamen-Cebu City sister city agreement was signed on Oct. 26, 1984 during the term of then mayor Dr. Florentino Solon.

The agreement resulted in bilateral visits, trade missions and other official exchanges between the two cities.

In September 2007, then mayor Tomas Osmeña and other city officials flew to Xiamen to lead the inauguration of a Cebu City Park and Cebu City Street in Xiamen. (PNA)



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