Before the official establishment of the sister city ties, Xiamen and Izmir had conducted various exchanges. On Sept 8, 2014, Aziz Kocaoglu, mayor of Izmir in Turkey said that "Izmir will expand cooperation with Xiamen" in an exclusive interview with China Daily during his visit to the 18th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held in Xiamen, Fujian province.
A letter of intent between Izmir and Xiamen to build a sister-relationship for further cooperation was signed during the 18th CIFIT.
Aziz Kocaoglu, mayor of Izmir, Turkey, sits down for an interview with China Daily in Xiamen, Fujian province, Sept 8, 2014. [Photo by Lin Ting for China Daily]
Xiamen recently donated 105 books to its sister city in the Philippines, Cebu, to celebrate Cebu-Xiamen Friends Day which falls on Oct 26.
Elod Tasnady, consulate general of Hungary in Shanghai, visited Xiamen, Fujian province from Sept 25 to 26 to seek business cooperation with the Chinese city.