Chinese, U.S. cities vow to deepen exchanges

10:55, April 20, 2011      

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China's western city of Xi'an and its U.S. counterpart Seattle signed a strategic cooperation memorandum in Seattle on Tuesday, in an effort to deep their exchanges.

The memorandum, signed by Xi'an Municipal Bureau of Commerce and the Trade Development Alliance (TDA) of Greater Seattle, calls for the two cities to boost exchanges of economic information, as well as strengthen coordination of mutual visits by the cities' various circles.

Xi'an and Seattle have lots of similarities, and there will be a solid foundation for the two sides to boost cooperation and communication, Yue Huafeng, executive vice mayor of Xi'an, said at the signing ceremony.

The two cities, both international famous tourist destinations, are also very strong in higher education and in high-tech industries, including space and aviation, IT and bio-pharmaceutical, the cities' officials noted.

"Xi'an is known for the terra cotta warriors, we are hoping this relationship allows Xi'an to be known in our region for its industry, its companies and its economy, not just for its history," said Bill Stafford, president of TDA of Greater Seattle.

The memorandum was signed on the sidelines of the U.S.-China Initiative on City-level Economic Cooperation, a forum attended by over 100 mayors, entrepreneurs and other government officials from China and the United States.

Source: Xinhua
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