|Remarks by Consul General Zhao Weiping at the 35th Anniversary Reception of Nanjing-St. Louis Sister City Relationship|
April 28, 2014
Honorable Former Mayors Conway and Schoemehl,
Ms. Cambell-Jones, Representative of Mayor Slay,
President Peter Wang,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I feel very delighted to visit this beautiful and historic city of
Last month, at the 2014 China-US Sister-City Conference jointly held by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the
So many people have devoted their efforts to nurturing this important sister city relationship between
Of course, not only government officials have been working hard for this relationship, but also friends from other walks of life. Dr. Glassman is one of them. He served as President of St. Louis-Nanjing Sister City Committee for more than 20 years. His enthusiasm and dedication have been exceptional. I wish to extend to him my sincere congratulation on his winning the "Best Individual" award at the 2014 China-US Sister-City Conference.
Sister-City relationship is really not something only about exchanges and cooperation between cities. Actually, it has far broader implications on the development of overall China-US relations.
China-US relationship is important not only to the benefits of our two countries, but also to the peace, stability and prosperity of the world. Stunning achievements have been made in the development of China-US relations over the last three decades. However, it remains an arduous task for both sides to further strengthen mutual understanding and trust, because of the difference in historical background, cultural traditions as well as political and social systems etc.
This is the task not only for the leaders and senior government official of our two countries, but also for all of us. More exchanges and cooperation at the sub-national level will certainly play a unique role in fostering the mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples, which will in turn solidify the foundation of the development of China-US relations.
Last June, President Xi Jinping and President Obama set the goal of building a new model of major country relationship between
I am encouraged by the achievements of the sister-city relationship between