Chinese Revolution of 1911 marked in U.S. city of Houston

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A seminar was held in the fourth largest U.S. city of Houston on Saturday to commemorate the centenary of China's 1911 Revolution, or Xinhai Revolution.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee extended congratulation to the half-day seminar, which was attended by officials from the Chinese General Consulate in Houston and about 100 representatives from the Chinese community.

Parker, who proclaimed May 28 as Houston's Chinese Revolution of 1911 Day, said in a congratulatory letter to the seminar that Houston has "strong bonds of friendship and cooperation with China. "

"Houston has been enriched by the presence and contribution of its versatile and dynamic Chinese community, and is proud of their many achievements, and active and important contributions to the civic, cultural, economic and quality life of our city," she said.

"I recognized the vast importance of the Chinese Revolution of 1911, as well as the significant progress in China over the past 100 years, " Sheila Jackson Lee said in her congratulatory certificate to the seminar.

Chinese Consul General in Houston Gao Yanping hailed the significance of the 1911 Revolution and the dream of the leader of the revolution, Sun Yat-sen, to realize the unification of China.

Over the past years, relations across the Taiwan Strait have developed vigorously and healthily, said Gao, expressing the hope that all Chinese, both at home and overseas, will join the efforts to unify and rejuvenate China.

Some renown scholars, including New York University professor James C. Hsiung, made keynote speeches at the seminar.

The seminar, organized by China Peaceful Development Alliance- Houston, is one of a series of activities organized by the local Chinese community to commemorate the 1911 Revolution.

The 1911 Revolution ended the imperial rule of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and gave birth to Asia's first republic. Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the revolution, is regarded as the forerunner of China's democratic revolution.

Source: Xinhua
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