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Reception Held to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China and to Welcome the New Consul General Gao Yanping

On the evening of September 24, 2009, the Chinese Consulate General in Houston held a grand reception to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It also served as the welcome reception for the newly posted Consul General Gao Yanping. Around 500 guests from Chinese community, Chinese overseas companies and students as well as friends from all walks of life in Greater Houston metropolitan area and consular corps attended the reception. The reception was presided over by Deputy Consul General Yu Boren.

Consul General Gao said in her address that in the past 60 years, especially in the past 30 years since the reform and opening-up policy was adopted, China has made great changes and achievements. China has found a right way to build the county with Chinese characteristics, which suits to China's national conditions and conforms to the trend of the times. Facts have proved that this way has been successful in transforming China into a stable, prosperous, democratic and harmonious country, in which the Chinese people live a happier and better life. China's development is conducive to the world as well as to the United States. Building harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity is a shared aspiration of all peoples around the world. China would like to realize this ambition hand in hand with American friends.

Gao said that this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between China and the United States. The reality has made the two countries come to realize that mutual understanding and cooperation benefits the two countries and two peoples. The current China-U.S. relations stand at a new historical starting point. Since President Obama took office, thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides, China-U.S. relations have achieved a smooth transition and steady development. It is a shared view by both sides that, at the time the international community is struggling to walk out of the shadow of the world financial crisis, the strategic significance and impacts of China-U.S. relations have become all the more prominent.

Gao expressed her heartfelt thanks to all her new friends in Houston for their warmth and hospitality and to the local government and peoples as well as to the American people as a whole for taking good care of the Chinese community.

Consul General Gao cheers  Texas Governor's representative gives a remark 

Former President Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush sent congratulatory letters to Consul General Gao Yanping respectively. President George H.W. Bush highly praised China's achievement in the past 60 years as "nothing short of remarkable". President Jimmy Cater wrote that the citizens of the United States and China have benefited greatly from 30 years of a peaceful and prosperous friendship. President George W. Bush recognized that the strong relationship of China and the Untied States rooted in common interests, shared challenges, and the common aspirations of humankind.

 Congressman Al Green's representative presents a greeting letter to Gao Houston City Councilman Gonzales gives a remark 

Houston City Council member Edward Gonzales on behalf of Mayor Bill White gave a remark at the reception. Governor Rick Perry, Congressman Al green and City Council member Ronal Green also had their congratulatory proclamations presented to Consul General Gao Yanping. Congressman Pete Sessions extended his congratulations to Gao from the city of Dallas. They all looked forward to working closely with the new Consul General and the Chinese Consulate General to achieve more for the two sides and two peoples in the future.

overseas Chinese sings the song "I love you, China" 

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