National Day celebrated in Bay Area
Governor Brown and San Francisco Mayor Lee join in celebration hosted by Consul General Luo
The past year has been an extraordinary year for China and China-US relations, said Luo Linquan, Chinese consul general in San Francisco, ahead of Chinese National Day, which falls on Oct 1.
The consul general made the remarks at a Chinese National Day Reception hosted by the consulate at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco, where around 1,000 guests from all walks of life in the Bay Area gathered to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
“In the first half of this year, China’s economy has increased by 7 percent. Although the whole economic situation has ups and downs, the trend remains positive and the economy overall has achieved a stable performance,” Luo said addressing the reception on Monday.
The Chinese government has both the confidence to keep the economic performance within a proper range, and the capability to create conditions to improve people’s living standards and make new contributions to the recovery and stable development of the world economy, he said.
Attending the event, California Governor Jerry Brown, who had co-chaired the third US- China Governors Forum in Seattle during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the US, praised the efforts by the two sides to promote bilateral relations and collaborations in clean energy, climate change, nuclear weapons and other areas.
“As two of the world’s greatest powers, China and the United States will continually be the leading contributors to the wellbeing of the people of the world,” he said.
Luo said the past year has also been significant for China-US relations.
In 2014, China and the US were each other’s secondlargest trading partners and vital investment partners. Bilateral trade exceeded $555 billion in 2014, while twoway investment exceeded $100 billion.
About 4.3 million Chinese and Americans visited each other’s countries, which meant there were more than 15,000 Chinese and Americans fly across the Pacific Ocean for visits every day.
“China and the US have already become a community of intertwined interests; the cooperation and coordination between the two countries have become the key elements to maintaining world peace and stability, as well as promoting common development,” Luo said.
He told guests that President Xi’s first state visit to
As two of the world’s greatest powers, China and the United States will continually be the leading contributors to the wellbeing of the people of the world.”