Harbin welcomes statue of founding father of Czechoslovakia
Updated : 2019-11-07
By ( e.my399.com )
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of official diplomatic relations between China and Slovakia.
The statue is the copy of the one that former Chinese President Hu Jintao presented as a national gift to the President of Slovakia when he visited the country in 2009.
“He is a symbol of the friendship between China and the Slovak Republic, and a witness and promoter of Sino-Slovak friendship, " said Dusan Bella, Slovakia’s ambassador to China.
General Stefanik was one of the founding fathers of Czechoslovakia and visited Harbin in 1918.
He could count in Mandarin and learned about the Chinese zodiac. Historians say he knew Chinese history and astronomy very well.
The items he bought in Harbin during his trip to China are now on display at the National Museum of the Slovak Republic.
Currently, Harbin is embracing new opportunities to develop its cooperation with the Slovak Republic, as the country is one important member of the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, and the “17+1” cooperation mechanism between China and the Central and Eastern European countries.
Officials said the two sides planned to further deepen their cooperation in commerce and trade, culture and sports.
A block train connecting Harbin and Slovakia is expected to be established in the future, officials said. It will bring red wine and dairy products from Slovakia to China and export Heilongjiang-grown agricultural products and manufactured machinery to European countries.
Harbin recently launched two new buses to serve passengers traveling between the city's four railway stations.
The Development Plan for the Harbin Linkong Economic Zone (2019-2035) was recently approved by the Harbin Municipal People’s Government and is now being carried out.
The High People’s Court of Heilongjiang province officially launched Thunderbolt Action.
About 10 government departments in Daoli district, Harbin, Heilongjiang province, carried out joint enforcement June 1 to remove more than 20 illegal constructions with a total area of over 2000 square meters to advance an expropriation project.