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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and Beijing officials confirm Olympic cooperation for 2020 and 2022

JIJI

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and top officials in Beijing confirmed Monday that they will cooperate over the upcoming Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Tokyo will host next year’s Summer Games, while the 2022 Winter Games are scheduled to take place in Beijing.

Koike’s visit to the Chinese capital came as Tokyo and Beijing mark the 40th anniversary this year of the establishment of friendly city relations.

In his meeting with Koike, Cai Qi, secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Beijing Municipal Committee, called for cooperation from Tokyo in city development. Tokyo is the best model for Beijing in establishing an international metropolis, Cai said.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Koike said interactions between the two cities are highly meaningful and that it is desirable that such interactions become more rooted after 40 years of friendship.

At a separate meeting, Koike and Beijing Mayor Chen Jining concluded an agreement to promote mutual visits by officials and cooperation between the two cities in fields such as science and technology, education, sports and the environment.