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MALACCA: Intensifying efforts to develop the city into a green technology hub, the Malacca Historical City Council (MBMB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the kindred city of Kashgar, China, here on Friday.
An 11-member delegation from the Kashgar municipal government witnessed the signing between its party secretary Chen Xuguang and MBMB mayor Zainal Abu that officially recognised the friendship between both cities.
There was much to be gained from the cooperation between the cities, said Zainal.
"Malacca and Kashgar share many similarities as both are rich in history and heritage and both cities are also looking to develop into green technology-driven cities," he said.
Zainal added that due to their similar visions, the cities could exchange knowledge and experience to help one another in areas such as sustainable urban development and heritage tourism.
"Malacca has been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation as a world heritage city, and perhaps in that stead we can lend a hand, as Kashgar is currently lobbying to be included in the list," he said.
The delegation from Kashgar has embarked on an 11-day tour around the region for the "Discover Kashgar" exhibition to promote the city in other countries.
Due to its strategic location near the western border of China, Kashgar was the gate between Asia and Europe along the land routes of the old Silk Road.
Chen said the cooperation between the cities was particularly significant, as in ancient times, Kashgar was an important trade hub along the land route of the Silk Road while Malacca was the same along the sea route.
"Kashgar hopes to continue its position as an international hub by developing transport infrastructures, especially by air, thereby creating a modern-day Silk Road in the skies," he said.