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Wales - Chongqing relationship

First Minister signed a further agreement with Huang Qifan, Mayor of Chongqing that recognised and reaffirmed the strength of the current relationship and committed both sides to continue efforts to develop the relationship still further.

Wales has a close relationship with the city of Chongqing in south west China. The partnership between Chongqing and Wales was recommended by former Premier Wen Jiabao during his visit to Wales (as Vice Premier with responsibility for the Western Provinces) in 2000.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Chongqing Municipal Government and the Welsh Assembly Government, agreeing to collaboration and co-operation in a number of areas, was signed during the visit to Chongqing by First Minister for Wales Rhodri Morgan in March 2006. In September 2006, a Welsh Affairs Officer was appointed to the British Consulate General in Chongqing to take forward the Chongqing-Wales relationship. A second post was added in September 2007. In January 2011 the two posts were relocated to a separate Wales Government office in Chongqing.

A formal Co-operation Agreement between Wales and Chongqing was signed during First Minister Rhodri Morgan’s visit to Chongqing in March 2008. The Mayor of Chongqing, Wang Honju, visited Wales in August 2008.

A further agreement to reaffirm and strengthen the relationship between Wales and Chongqing was signed by First Minister Carwyn Jones during his visit to Chongqing in October 2011.