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Chinese premier granted "Best Friend of American Worker" award

(Xinhua)

14:32, March 04, 2012

BOSTON, United States, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was granted here Friday the "Best Friend of American Worker" award in appreciation of China's strong support for the growth of jobs for American workers.

The award from America's International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) was received here by Zhang Yesui, Chinese ambassador to the United States, on behalf of the Chinese premier. Wen visited the Port of Boston during a visit to the United States in December 2003.

ILA Vice President William McNamara said his association was honored to give the award to Premier Wen to thank China for its great contributions to creating more job opportunities for American workers.

The award ceremony coincided with the 10th anniversary of the first direct vessel call to the Port of Boston by China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) in February 2002.

For his part, Zhang said "this award represents a unique recognition of Premier Wen Jiabao's strong support to the COSCO-Massport partnership." Massport stands for the Massachusetts Port Authority of the United States.

"I think today's event is a good example of how the United States and China are cooperating in a full range of areas, and how the Chinese business and trade can contribute to American jobs and community in six states of the New England region of the United States, particularly in the city of Boston," Zhang noted.

The COSCO-Massport partnership reflects the very nature of China-U.S. business relations, which is win-win in nature and benefits the people of the two countries, Zhang said.

COSCO, founded in April 1961, is China's largest company specializing in global shipping, modern logistics and ship building and repairing.

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