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China Delegation visits Auburn to establish formal Friendship City Relationship

A VIP delegation from Guanghan, China visited Auburn on June 4, 2013 on the invitation of Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. Lewis led a similar exchange to Guanghan last year. On March 27, 2013, Lewis sent a letter to Guanghan People's Government Deputy Mayor Li Yubo, inviting him and his official delegation to visit Auburn to formalize the Friendship City Relationship.

"These relationships take time and formality to establish," said Lewis. "They're important tools to establish business, education and cultural exchanges that can benefit both of our communities now and into the future."

The Chinese delegation included Deputy Mayor Li Yubo, Deputy Party Secretary Jiang Dunjie, Director Que Xianfeng, Director Yang Jianhua, Director Li Gang, Chief Chen Yi, Coordinator Qiu Zhenhua and Mr. Xu Yaozhou, Guanghan Student Translator. The Auburn delegation included Lewis, Auburn Councilmembers Bill Peloza and Rich Wagner, Green River Community College President Dr. Eileen Ely and Green River Community College Vice President of International Programs Ross Jennings, AWSCA President Linda Elliott, Auburn-Sichuan Friendship Committee Chair & Event Moderator Sue Singer, and Guanghan Student Translator Miss Yang Xi.

The Guanghan delegation visited MultiCare-Auburn Regional Medical Center, Auburn Riverside High School, Lakeland Hills Elementary and several city parks. They also toured Green River Community College, which hosted a celebration dinner for the delegation. But the highlight of the visit was the official signing of the Friendship City Agreement at Copper Falls Restaurant at the Auburn Golf Course. Mayor Lewis thanked Ms. Qiu Zhenhua for taking the lead in bringing the two cities together. He also thanked former Deputy Mayor Sue Singer who, as chair of the Auburn-Sichuan Friendship Committee “has worked tirelessly to develop a strong partnership for Auburn with Guanghan and Sichuan Province.”

The Agreement is in accordance with the principles of the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America, for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and American peoples. The two cities agreed to keep in contact with each other, to facilitate exchanges, and form cooperative relationships in the fields of economy, trade, science and technology, culture, sports, health and education.

For more information contact, Duanna Richards at (253) 931-3099 or drichards@auburnwa.gov.