BEIJING, Aug.28 (Xinhuanet) -- Sister-city partnerships with Africa will double in the next five years, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday.
Li was addressing the First Forum on China-Africa Local Government Cooperation in Beijing, and the target is viewed by analysts as confirmation that close ties between China and Africa will expand from central governments to local authorities.
"In the next five years, China and Africa will push for more sister cities and double their number," Li said.
Li Xiaolin, president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, told the forum that 111 pairs of sister cities and provinces have been established.
The two-day forum attracted more than 70 governors, mayors and leaders of African nations. It will be held every two years.
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