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New Zealand's Dunedin strengthens links with China's Qingdao

December 17 , 2014 -- Updated 8:12 GMT

WELLINGTON, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- The second largest city of New Zealand's South Island has signed an agreement with China's port city of Qingdao to expand economic and cultural exchanges, Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull said Tuesday.

Cull and Qingdao Mayor Zhang Xinqi signed the Friendly Cooperative Relations Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two cities during a visit by Cull last week to build on a previous agreement.

"The Economic Cooperation Agreement signed with Qingdao last year has already borne fruit in increased volumes. This new agreement expands the areas of engagement to include education, tourism, and even health care and will enable broader interaction between our two communities," Cull said in a statement.

The memorandum deepens the commitment to increased interaction and cooperation between Dunedin and Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province.

A delegation representing Dunedin's civic, educational and business interests was in Qingdao for a three-day visit last week before traveling to Dunedin's sister city of Shanghai.

A high-level delegation from the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress visited Dunedin in August to mark the 20th anniversary of their sister-city link.