The Embassy Holds Reception for Delegates of China-US Sister Cities Conference

On March 26, Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Lu Kang hosted a reception at the Embassy for the delegates of the 2014 China-U.S. Sister Cities Conference. Nearly 400 guests attended the reception, including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel, U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, Chairman of Sister Cities International Tom Lisk, President of Sister Cities International Mary Kane, Vice President of Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Xie Yuan, an old friend of China from Muscatine, Iowa, Ms. Sarah Lande and representatives from 19 Chinese provinces and 20 U.S. states.

In his remarks, Minister Lu Kang extended a warm welcome on behalf of Ambassador Cui Tiankai to all the delegates and friends from China and the U.S. to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the two countries' sister-city project.

Minister Lu said that while China and U.S. had little contact 35 years ago, the bilateral relationship has now become one of the most important and dynamic ones in the world. The progress is made possible by successive visionary leaders in both countries. And it's also attributable to the peoples of the two nations, because their passion, innovation and hard work have constantly elevated the relationship. The sister-city project plays a fundamental and pragmatic role in bringing the two peoples closer, enhancing their mutual understanding and friendship, and boosting pragmatic cooperation in the interests of our peoples.

During the reception, American students from the University of Iowa and Chinese students studying at the University of Maryland performed a song of friendship in English and Chinese successively. Ms. Lande introduced the song, "Peony and Rose", which is composed to celebrate the people-to-people ties between China and the US.

The ceremony included the signing of the Official Agreement on Establishing Sister City Relations between Kunming in Yunnan province and Schenectady, New York, which marks the 244th pair of sister-city relationship between China and the US. In addition, Memorandum on Friendly Exchanges was also signed between Ji'nan of Shandong province and Sacramento, California; Liuzhou of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Cincinnati, Ohio; Wanzhou in Chongqing municipality and Waynesboro, Virginia; as well as Zhengding of Hebei province and Muscatine, Iowa.


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