Utah, Chinese province boost partnership

14:00, July 14, 2011      

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The U.S. state of Utah and China's western province of Qinghai advanced their partnership Wednesday with the signing of a sister state/province agreement here at the Utah State Capitol.

Top officials from Qinghai and Utah agreed that the signing ceremony, held on the eve of the first Sino-American Governors Forum, marked a key step forward that builds on the continuous growth of the bilateral ties across a variety of areas.

Luo Huining, governor of Qinghai province, lauded the "ever-developing relationship," which he said is based on similar geological features of the two sides, shared opportunities, close people-to-people interaction and a win-win development pattern.

"It is our consensus that the partnership should be further boosted," he said.

Luo was echoed by his Utah counterpart Gary R. Herbert, who said: "The Qinghai-Utah partnership was first built in 2010, which is aimed at developing relationship through cooperation, creation and friendship."

"I commit myself to making this partnership continue and improve," he added.

"Both sides have identified some key strategies which include economic development, trade, science and technology, education, health, energy and environmental protection," said the U.S. governor.

He also declared a Qinghai-Utah Ecopartnership Day, which runs on July 13-15.

Qinghai and Utah inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2010 and the two sides have been cooperating in many projects.

Source: Xinhua
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