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Mme Gao Yanping, Consul General Attended the Dedication Ceremony of the Statue of Peace & Friendship in Atlanta
Gao Yanping Ceremony

In the morning of October 29, 2009, the dedication ceremony of the Statue of Peace & Friendship was held in Georgia State University (GSU). This is a gift from Beijing Federation for Returned Overseas Chinese to Atlanta, in honoring the 30th anniversary for Sino-US diplomatic relations. Mme. Gao Yanping, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Houston, Mr. Tommie Williams, President Pro Tempore of Georgia State Senate, Mr. Jim Maddox, Atlanta City Council Member, Dr. Mark Becker, President of GSU, Mr. John Stremlau, Vice President for Peace Program at the Carter Center and Mr. Don Brutto, President of UPS International were present and made remarks. Over 100 guests and journalists witnessed this event.


In her address, Mme. Gao recalled the achievements of the bilateral relations in the past three decades. She mentioned that it was of great significance to have the Statue of Peace & Friendship at the hometown of former US President Jimmy Carter. The China-US relationship is now at a historical point. We have every reason to do our best to promote further relationship and deepen friendship between the two countries in the next 3 decades. She stressed that this sculpture serves as a token of friendship from the Chinese people to the American people, and this friendship may last from generation to generation. 


Mr. Williams emphasized in his speech that peoples from both China and the United States should become friends and must be friends. Dr. Becker who just returned from China the day before said "It's a real honor and privilege for GSU to have the Sculpture and to share this wonderful and historic occasion of 30 years friendship between the US and China. In particular, GSU is pleased to have numerous exchanges and contacts with counterparts in China. " 

Governor Sonny Perdue, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, sent written greetings for this tremendous occasion.

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