On September 28th, Guangzhou signed Memorandum of Understanding with Minsk in Belarus to become sister cities. Guangzhou currently has 96 sister cities in 64 countries. Minsk became Guangzhou's 96th "international friend".
Guangzhou University (GZHU) signed MOU with Belarusian State University of Physical Culture on the same day, agreeing to carry cooperation in sports management and sports sciences, culture, and sports and tourism and "Sports Plus" activities, The two sides reached a consensus on jointly establishing a scientific research platform and publicizing the Winter Olympics in southern China. GZHU Vice President Wu Kaijun and Репкин Сергей Борисович, President of Belarusian State University of Physical Culture, signed the MOU on behalf of the two universities. Belarusian State University of Physical Culture submitted its application for membership to the Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister City Universities.