|13:42, September 14, 2009
Canadian, Chinese "Thousand Islands" join hands as partners
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee member and Honorary President of the China Tourism Association He Guangwei(7th L), and Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice (6th L), pose for a group photo in Leeds the Thousand Island in Canada, Sept. 13, 2009. The Thousand Island in Canada and Qiandaohu (means the thousand island lake) in east China's Zhejiang Province became friendship resorts under the the Sino-Canadian Thousand Islands Friendship Cooperation Agreement that signed on Sunday. (Xinhua/Yang Shilong)
"Thousand Islands" of Canada and "Thousand Islands Lake" of China, both beautiful tourist attractions bearing identical names, joined hands across the ocean Sunday with the signing of a friendship and cooperation agreement.
The two world-renowned tourist destinations will share their resources as they try to draw more visitors while ensuring a sustainable environment.
Under the agreement, local tourism departments will meet regularly for mutual promotion of products and share information and experiences in managing and protecting their environment,
The agreement was signed by Frank Kinsella, mayor of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Ontario, and Ling Zhifeng, mayor of Chun'an County, Zhejiang Province, where the "Thousand Islands Lake" is located.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper applauded the agreement, saying it "celebrates the many benefits of partnering at the community level between Canada and China, which enjoy a growing friendship that is resulting in burgeoning cultural and trade opportunities throughout our two nations."
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