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Sichuan Establishes Twin-Province Relationship with California in America

  In the morning, June 4, the signing ceremony of the Agreement on Twin-Province Relationship between Sichuan and California was held in Chengdu. Wang Dongming, Secretary of Sichuan Provincial Party Committee, together with Yin Li, Secretary of Sichuan Provincial Party Committee and Governor of Sichuan Province, met with Jerry Brown, Governor of California, and the delegation. Both parties attended the ceremony.

  During the meeting, Wang Dongming extended welcome to Brown and his delegation and appreciated his efforts in promoting the friendship and cooperation between the two parties. Wang Dongming said, “In September, 2015, I paid a visit to the US with Sichuan delegation. Governor Brown and I hosted the Third China-US Governors Forum together in Seattle and represented the two parties respectively to report the information to President Xi Jinping. During the meeting, we exchanged opinions and reached much consensus on enhancing cooperation and exchanges between the two parties. We signed the Memorandum of Cooperation, laying a solid foundation for deepening cooperation between Sichuan and California. I believe that your visit will play an active and important role in furthering the exchanges and cooperation.”

  According to Wang Dongming, California is the economically strongest state in the US, with solid foundation and bright prospect for cooperation with Sichuan Province. He hoped that both parties could work together to intensify people-to-people exchanges and enhance cooperation in economy, trade, and investment in IT, smart manufacturing, bio-medicine, and new energy cars by taking the agreement as an opportunity; he hoped the two parties could strengthen the cooperation in research and development of clean energy technologies and in the transformation and application of technological achievements, so as to promote environmental protection and green development; at the same time, both parties could make joint efforts to deepen cooperation in education, science and technology, culture, and tourism to generate more pragmatic outcomes based on the current foundation.

  According to Brown, “The friendship between the two peoples enjoys a long history since California has been in close contact with Sichuan for a long time. In 2015, after Secretary Wang paid a visit to the US and signed the memo, exchanges and cooperation between California and Sichuan in economy, trade, investment, and tourism have been intensified. California, with strong economy, boasts important role in the US, which has offered huge potentials for the cooperation with Sichuan. We are willing to deepen the cooperation in high-tech industries, clean energies, low-carbon environmental protection, climate governance, education, science and technology, and culture and encourage enterprises of both parties to enhance exchanges and expand investment so as to constantly consolidate and push forward the bilateral relationship.”

  On the ceremony, Yin Li and Brown represented Sichuan and California respectively to sign the Agreement on Twin-Province Relationship. Zhu Hexin, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province hosted the ceremony and briefed the introduction of the bilateral cooperation.

  Wang Minghui, Member of the Standing Committee of Sichuan Provincial Party Committee, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province, and Secretary General of Sichuan Provincial Party Committee, and Raymond Greene, Consul General of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, also attended the ceremony and meeting.


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