Kunming began its first friendship city relationship in 1981 with Fujisawa, Japan.
On Sept 6, the Malaysia Pavilion was opened at the Dianchi Convention and Exhibition Center in Kunming, capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan province, and promises to bridge cultural and economic exchanges between Yunnan and Malaysia, and deepen bilateral cooperation.
The 1,035-km China-Laos Railway linking Southwest China's Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, with the Laotian capital of Vientiane, has enhanced cooperation between China and countries participating in the BRI.
The Lao economy is projected to grow by 4.2 percent in 2022, driven by exports and opportunities and benefits arising from the China-Laos Railway, according to a latest report.
During the "13th Five-Year Plan" (2016-20) period, Kunming has introduced more than 2,600 high-level talents of various types.
Wuhua district of Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan province, and Sapa, a city in Northern Vietnam's Lao Cai province, signed a letter of intent on establishing sister city status via a video meeting on August 8.
Authorities from Kunming, capital of China’s Southwest Yunnan province, and Armenia, Colombia, signed a letter of intent for developing sister city relations via video link on March 30.
In April, the Colombian Embassy in China, Armenia and Kunming authorities held a video exchange meeting. Discussions and exchanges on the development of sister city relations between Armenia and Kunming were conducted, with good results and consensus.