Upon his visit to Shandong province in China on August 15th, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon met with Mr. Wang Luming, Party Secretary of Weihai City, and Mr. Wang Qingxian, a member of the Standing Committee of the Shandong Provincial Party Committee and Party Secretary of Qingdao City.
Weihai is a commercial port and major fishing center with some light industries. Due to its close proximity to South Korea, Weihai also has a large Korean business community and receives a good number of Korean tourists. Qingdao is also a major seaport, naval base, and industrial center of the country and has the highest GDP of any city in Shandong province. It is also a major nodal city of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative that connects Asia with Europe.