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Chinese Consulate General in Houston Holds a Reception to Celebrate 61st Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

On the evening of September 24, 2010, Chinese Consul General Gao Yanping held a grand reception to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in the office building of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston. More than 400 guests were present, including Congressman Al Green, Houston city council members Mike Sullivan, Al Hoang and Wanda Admas, Consul Generals of UK, Norway, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, consulate representatives from various countries, dignitaries, local Chinese community leaders, representatives from the Chinese overseas companies, and Chinese overseas students in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. Former President Carter, Governor Perry of Texas sent letters of Congratulations to this event respectively. Representatives of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Houston Council member Jolanda Jones presented letters of proclamation to Consul General Gao. Mayor Parker proclaimed September 24th as the People's Republic of China Day in Houston, Texas.

Consul General Gao extended her welcome to the American friends from all walks of life attending the reception and celebrating the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China together with the Chinese people. She said, new achievements have been made in China for the past year. China has dealt with the global financial crisis successfully, won the battles against a series of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and debris flows. China's economy maintains a stable and relatively fast growth. As an important member of the international community, China's economic achievements have not only brought a stable, democratic and abundant life for 1.3 billion Chinese people, but also made significant contribution to the world peace, stability and prosperity. The Shanghai World Expo has set many records in the Expo history, providing a platform for peoples in the world to share, as well as to learn from each other their achievements and civilizations.

Consul General Gao and Congressman Al Green 

Consul General Gao pointed out, China is a developing country with a population of 1.3 billion and per capita GDP only about 1/13 of that of the United States. China still faces many challenges and difficulties and has a long way to go for a comprehensive well-off society. China is firmly committed to reform, opening-up and peaceful development. This is the strategic choice by the Chinese Government and people. China's development is a peaceful, open, mutual beneficial and win-win development. There are opportunities for all countries. China is ready to join hands with countries and peoples from all over the world to build a sustainable, peaceful, prosperous and harmonious world. 

Houston City council members delivering speech 

Consul General Gao said, China-U.S. relations have maintained a positive development though there are some obstacles and problems for the past year. Leaders of the two countries have reached important consensus on working together to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship for the 21st century. During the second round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the two sides exchanged in-depth views on the strategic and long-term issues and reached over 20 agreements covering vast areas, including energy, environment, science, customs, health and law enforcement, etc. Now China and the U.S. are second largest trading partners for each other. In the first half of 2010, China-U.S. trade volume reached 200 billion USD, with the U.S.'s export volume to China increased by 35.7%. There are 70 Confucius Institutes established on the campuses of universities across the United States. There are 36 pairs of friendship provinces/states and 153 pairs of sister cities. Some 5,000 people are traveling across the Pacific Ocean every day, which adds up to over 2 million people a year. The common interests and the scope of cooperation between China and the U.S. have been enlarged continuously, which has brought tangible benefits for the two peoples as well as been conducive to the world peace, stability and prosperity. It is true that China and the U.S. differ in history, social, political systems, level of development. However, as long as we respect each other and treat each other on an equal basis, there will always be a path to achieve a win-win outcome. Looking ahead, China and the U.S. have every reason to work together, to be partners, to be friends and to be successful.

Representative of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee presenting proclamation letter
Representative of Congressman Al Green presenting proclamation letter
Representative of Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia presenting proclamation letter

Consul General Gao said, all-area exchanges and cooperation between China and the southern region of the U.S. have made consistent progress in the past year. Governors of Texas and Georgia, Mayors of Houston, Dallas and San Antonio etc. have visited China and attended the Shanghai World Expo. At the same time, there are some delegations from the Chinese provinces and cities visiting the southern region of the United States. There are more Chinese enterprises investing and doing businesses, more students and tourists studying and traveling in the southern region.


Consul General Gao pointed out, the cross-Strait relationship has continued developing peacefully and now is in the best time in the development of cross-Strait relations. With the efforts by both sides of the Strait, the economic relation has made significant progress. The entering into force of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement reflects the good will of both sides to achieve mutual benefit and win-win outcome. These progresses not only bring tangible benefits to the people across the Straits, but also contribute to peace, stability and development of Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole. The two sides have confidence and ability to further promote peaceful development of the cross-Strait relations and realize the final unification of the motherland. Consul General Gao hopes the American friends can play a constructive role in the cause of peaceful reunification of China.


Consul General Gao expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the Chinese compatriots in the U.S. for their support and contribution to China's development, China-U.S. friendly cooperation and  China's reconstruction efforts after suffering from natural disasters, such as earthquake and flood. Consul General Gao said, China remains a steady supporter of the Chinese compatriots living and developing in the United States. The healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations provides favorable social conditions to the overseas Chinese to live and develop better in the United States. The Chinese Consulate General in Houston is the home for the overseas Chinese forever and will resolutely carry out the principle of "people first diplomacy" and provide quality services to the Chinese in the United States.


Houston City council members Mike Sullivan, Al Hoang and Wanda Adams made remarks respectively. They highly evaluated the development of China-U.S. relationship. They said, Houston and China have maintained fruitful relationship for a long time. More than 2.3 million Houstonians extend their congratulations to the Chinese people on the occasions of the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Houston will further strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China in all fields and promote the friendship between the two peoples. They expressed their sincere thanks to the Chinese Consulate General in Houston for its long-time unremitting efforts to promote the friendship and mutual understanding between the Chinese and American peoples.

Deputy Consul General Xie Yunliang, Deputy Consul General Zhang Chuanbing, all the diplomats of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston and their spouses attended the reception.


Journalists from Xinhua News Agency and more than 10 local media covered the reception.

President Jimmy Carter's Letter of Congratulation

Texas Governor Rick Perry's Letter of Congratulation

 Congressman Al Green's Letter of Proclamation

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee's Letter of Proclamation 
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's Letter of Proclamation

Houston Mayor Annise Parker's Letter of Proclamation

 Houston City council member Mike Sullivan's Letter of Proclamation

council member Al Hoang's Letter of Proclamation 


Houston City council member Jolanda Jones' Letter of Proclamationtion  

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