Na­tional Day cel­e­brated in Bay Area

Gover­nor Brown and San Fran­cisco Mayor Lee join in cel­e­bra­tion hosted by Con­sul Gen­eral Luo

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

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.”

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