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News: Lt. Governor Habib planning trip to China, as Tacoma mayor Strickland and Panda Foundation president Zhuang visiting Sichuan

Sichuan Foreign Affairs Office post about WA group visit. Screenshot.By Wen Liu   Sept. 6, 2017

Early this year, we heard that Governor Jay Inslee was planning to visit China this past August and would make a stop in Sichuan, Washington’s sister province. The plan obviously changed. However, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib is now reportedly planning a trip there. It was revealed in Sichuan where a group from Washington was visiting.

According to a Sept. 4th post by the Sichuan Foreign Affairs Office, Hanjie Zhuang, president of Washington State Panda Foundation, held work talks on Aug. 30th with Su Wen, Deputy Director of Sichuan Overseas Chinese Office.

Su Wen, the host, talked about how Washington state was the first international friendship state Sichuan ever established, and that this year was the 35th anniversary of the relationship. To attend celebration events and a clean energy forum, he said that Lt. Governor Habib of Washington was planning to visit his province. Sichuan, he also pointed out, as a major province of China's in terms of economy, culture, science and education, had great opportunities in experimenting innovation zones and free trade zones.

Hanjie Zhuang of the WA Panda Foundation responded that his group had met with various Sichuan government agencies, toured the Tianfu New District, and experienced firsthand Sichuan’s blooming economy and unique culture and history. He also expressed that his Foundation would continue communicating with the Sichuan government and businesses, especially this 35th anniversary year, and promoting exchanges between the two sides in trade, education, medicine, science and technology, people, as well as prosperity in both Sichuan and Washington.

Mayor Strickland pf Tacoma and Mayor Chen of Shenzhen. Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office post screenshot.While Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma along with Principal Pat Erwin of Lincoln High School were present at the talk in Sichuan, separately, as the Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office posted, Mayor Strickland and her party then met with Mayor Rugui Chen of Shenzhen on Sept. 1. Both mayors expressed that they would continue working on establishing a platform for bilateral government exchanges, promoting cooperation of the two cities in science, technology, education, culture, environment, medicine and exchanges between young people, raising the level of social and economic development of both cities, enhancing the welfare of both peoples, and playing a positive role in building closer relations between the U.S. and China.

(For more information on major events in Washington state-China relations, go to WA China Chronicle.)