--The 60th Anniversary Celebration of Sister Cities International Co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. and the Government of Washington DC
On July 15, the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. co-hosted a reception together with the Government of Washington DC to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sister Cities International (SCI) at the Embassy. Minister of the Chinese Embassy Li Kexin, Mayer of Washington DC Muriel Bower, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Karen Richardson, President Mary Kane of SCI, Vice President Xie Yuan of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and over 400 people from the U.S. and dozens of other countries attended the event.
In his remarks, Minister Li, on behalf of Ambassador Cui Tiankai, congratulated SCI on its 60th anniversary and appreciated its important role in promoting sister cities partnership all over the world. Minister Li said that the Chinese Government attaches great importance to sister cities partnership. Since its first pair of sister cities established in 1973, 2315 pairs have been formed between cities of China and 134 countries. Among them, there are 258 pairs between cities of China and the U.S., including Beijing and Washington DC since 1984. In today’s world filled with various challenges, China is committed to and will continue to promote exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations while building partnership and enhancing trust and cooperation. China hopes to see more mutually-beneficial and substantial sister cities set up between China and other countries including the U.S., laying a solid foundation for friendship.
During the reception, the Chinese Embassy held a photo exhibition “Beautiful China” and “New Face of Silk Road”, showcasing different places and customs of China; a young DC artist played beatboxing and the students from the Sunshine School of the Chinese Embassy performed a Xinjiang dance “the Joy of Harvest”, which were highlights of the event.