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