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Vladivostok ♦ The Best of the East and West ♦
Vladivostok's International Activity
From its early years, the city of Vladivostok has been actively engaged in international trade and has promoted scientific, cultural, sports and other exchanges. It is the largest city in Russia's Far East and a leader in international relations.
Vladivostok combines "The Best of the East and West". Highlighting the West, Vladivostok is rightly considered to be a European city in Asia. This can be seen in its unique architecture and felt in every detail of its cityscape. Highlighting the East, Vladivostok is Russia's leading port city on the Pacific Rim and maintains strong ties with its Asian counterparts as well as cities around the world.
Since its founding over 150 years ago, the port has played a major part in Vladivostok's history. The only exception to this was during World War II when the city was closed to access by foreigners and remained so for 50 years. On September 20, 1991, the President of R.S.F.S.R. (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) signed decree No.123 cancelling the secrecy restrictions and opening the port to foreign visits. This act promoted the city's communication with the overseas partners and boosted the role of Vladivostok in Russia's deepening economic ties with Pacific Rim countries.
Today thousands of international tourists visit Vladivostok. People of various nations - Russians, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans and many others - live and work in the city.
Vladivostok boasts a well-developed international relations network which includes Sister City and Friendly City agreements with more than 30 municipalities around the world. Vladivostok's Sister Cities are San Diego, Juneau, Tacoma (USA); Niigata, Akita, Hakodate (Japan); Busan (Republic of Korea); Dalian (China); Manta (Ecuador); Wonsan (Democratic People's Republic of Korea); Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia); Vladikavkaz (Russia); Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture (China). Vladivostok's Friendly Cities include Shanghai, Yantai, Changchun (China); Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Donghae (Republic of Korea), Sakaiminato (Japan).
With the Russian Government's program, "Development of Vladivostok as a Center for International Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region", special importance is being placed on growth of Vladivostok's sister city relations. The city has an enormous potential for this:
The city of Vladivostok is also a member of several major international organizations. Among these are:
Today, Vladivostok is a busy and dynamic city bustling with activity. In the fall of 2012, Vladivostok will host the Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. This will be first APEC Summit to be hosted in Russia.
In preparation for this event, Vladivostok's infrastructure is being renovated and improved. The whole city has turned into a veritable construction site where the most ambitious development projects are being executed. Two giant cable-stayed bridges are being built, one over Golden Horn Bay in the center of the city, and the other from the mainland to Russky Island where the Summit will be held. In addition, hotels and a new campus for Far Eastern Federal University are being built on Russky Island as well as a conference center, medical center, performing arts center and entertainment facilities. Highways are being upgraded; the airport and other landmarks are being renovated to become new symbols of Vladivostok.