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China Day held in Massachusetts State House
2016/10/12
 

China Day, co-sponsored by Chinese Consulate General in New York and the Asian-American Caucus of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was held in the Great Hall of Massachusetts State House.on 6th Oct.,2016.

 


It was the first time for the consulate to hold a China Day event with the State legislature. Over 300 guests attended the event, including Patricia Haddad, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Majority party leader, Taki Chen and all members of the Asian-American Caucus and Michelle Wu, the President of the Boston City Council. 


Speaking at the reception, Zhang Qiyue, the Chinese Consul General in New York, briefly introduced the remarkable progress of the past 67 years, the 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development and the shift to the structural reform, the innovation and consumption driven economy in China. Zhang expressed confidence that China will maintain a sound momentum.


Zhang said that this year was a fruitful year for China-US relations. President Xi Jinping and President Obama met twice during the Washington summit on Nuclear Security and the G20 summit in Hangzhou, and agreed to strengthen communication, focus on cooperation, enhance mutual trust, and work together to build a new model of major-country relationship, realizing non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation. The two leaders laid a clear direction for the development of bilateral relations. Premier Li Keqiang recently had extensive contacts with all circles in U.S.during attending the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Positive signals from Premier Li: China-U.S. ties will continue to grow steadily and in a positive direction; The cooperation is mutually beneficial; China will open wider to the outside world.


Zhang spoke highly of the fruitful cooperation between China and Massachusetts in the fields of economy, trade, education, science and technology and tourism,etc. She hoped that Massachusetts would seize the new opportunities of economic transformation and development in China.

 


Patricia Haddad said that efforts should be made to promote the relationship between Massachusetts and China. "From biotech ,science and technology, health care to energy ... all of these things are important for the betterment of both of our worlds."

 


During the reception, The Asian-American Caucus of Massachusetts State House, The Chinese Progressive Association of Boston, Chung Wah Academy of New England, Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture, Confucius Institute at UMass Boston, Boston Chinese Musicians Association, Boston Dragon Boat Festival Committee and Hainan Airlines were awarded a certificate of appreciation, in recognition of their contribution to the promotion of China-US exchanges.

 


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The Asian-American Caucus of Massachusetts State House was established in 2011 to help Asian-American communities better integrate into the political system and life. Currently the caucus has five legislators - Chan of Quincy, Rady Mom of Lowell, Keiko Orrall of Lakeville, Paul Schmid III of Westport, and Donald Wong of Saugus.

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