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Chinese delegation visits Auburn, forms official Friendship City Relationship

Making it official: Guanghan Deputy Mayor Li Yubo and Mayor Pete Lewis sign the Friendship City Agreement.  - Courtesy photo
Making it official: Guanghan Deputy Mayor Li Yubo and Mayor Pete Lewis sign the Friendship City Agreement.
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For the Reporter

A VIP delegation from Guanghan, China visited Auburn on June 4 at the invitation of Mayor Pete Lewis to establish an official Friendship City Relationship between the cities.

The Chinese delegation included Deputy Mayor Li Yubo, Deputy Party Secretary Jiang Dunjie, directors Que Xianfeng, Yang Jianhua and Li Gang, Chief Chen Yi, Qiu Zhenhua, coordinator, and Xu Yaozhou, Guanghan student translator.

The Auburn delegation included Lewis; City Councilmembers Bill Peloza and Rich Wagner; Green River Community College President Eileen Ely and Ross Jennings, GRCC vice president of international programs; AWSCA President Linda Elliott; Sue Singer, Auburn-Sichuan Friendship Committee chair and event moderator; and Miss Yang Xi, Guanghan student translator.

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 also hosted a celebration dinner for the delegation.

The highlight of the visit was the official signing of the Friendship City Agreement in the Copper Falls Banquet Room at Auburn Golf Course.

Lewis thanked Qiu Zhenhua for taking the lead in bringing the cities together. He also thanked Singer who "has worked tirelessly to develop a strong partnership for Auburn with Guanghan and the Sichuan Province."

The agreement is in accordance with the principles of the Joint Communique 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 cities agree 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.

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