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2022-02-24  |  

[Overview] Buenos Aires is the capital city and political, economic and cultural center of Argentina. Located in the east of Pampas Steppe and bordered by the La Plata River in the east, Buenos Aires covers an area of 203 square kilometers and has a population of 2.89 million. The city and the surrounding 19 districts in the Buenos Aires Province constitute the Greater Buenos Aires that covers 4,326 square kilometers and has a population of 12.8 million, accounting for about one third of the national population.

[Politics] Buenos Aires has a city legislature and a city government. The city legislature consists of 60 members who are directly elected by the constituents for a term of four years, with Diego Santilli being the incumbent president. The mayor of the city is directly elected by the constituents for a term of four years, too. The incumbent mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta came into office for a second term on December 9, 2019.

[Economy] Buenos Aires's pillar industries include advertising, finance, real estate, tourism, wholesale, and retail. The 10-kilometer-long Port of Buenos Aires is the country's largest port with an annual throughput of 26 million tons. Beef, grain, wool, leather and flax are the main exports while machinery, iron, steel, fuel and industrial products are the main imports.

[Culture and Education] Buenos Aires has more than 40 universities, and the prestigious University of Buenos Aires has 220,000 enrolled students, accounting for 30 percent of all college students nationwide. The city boasts a raft of cultural and entertaining venues, including 54 theaters, one of which is the world-renowned Teatro Colón, more than 200 cinemas, 66 museums, 38 football clubs, 2 racecourses, 5 TV stations and 2 cable TVs.

[Transportation] Buenos Aires is known as the “Paris of South America,” and both the buildings and lifestyle there are significantly influenced by Europe. There are more than 2,200 streets, 26 parks, 362 squares, 46 large monuments and over 1,100 statues across the city. The famous July 9 Avenue, which is 140 meters wide, is one of the widest streets in the world. A 67-meter-tall monument stands at the center of the avenue. The city boasts convenient transportation thanks to 2 airports, 5 subway lines, 9 rail lines and more than 2.5 million motor vehicles.

[Relations with Beijing] Beijing and Buenos Aires officially became sister cities on July 13, 1993. In 2009, the two cities signed the framework agreement on exchanges and cooperation. They have carried out extensive communication and cooperation in such fields as education and culture over recent years.

Education: In 2014, the Beijing Municipal Education Commission and Buenos Aires Education Bureau co-founded a bilingual school in Buenos Aires, which was the first public full-time Chinese-Spanish school in Argentina. The school strongly boosted the integration of the Chinese community with the local society and the dissemination of Chinese culture.

Culture: In October and November 2001, the city cultural week events held in Beijing and Buenos Aires respectively allowed local citizens to experience the charm of a different culture. In 2019, Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau held the event named “Beijing Audio-Visual Night in Buenos Aires” with a view to promoting mutual learning between cultures through strengthened cooperation in TV, film and audio-visual fields.