California, Guangdong deepen connections
Updated: 2014-09-22 12:43
By Lian Zi in San Francisco(China Daily USA)
California and Guangdong are getting their act together, and it could mean a brighter future for both.
Zhu Xiaodan, governor of China's Guangdong province, and California Governor Jerry Brown signed an agreement called the Newly-Twinned Friendship Province/State between Guangdong and California in downtown San Francisco on Sunday.
EdwinLee, mayor of San Francisco, and representatives from the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco attended the signing ceremony.
"Today is a very special and historical moment that starts a new chapter in our friendship with California," said Zhu, who is leading a delegation on a visit to the Bay Area.
Zhu said that the agreement meant that Guangdong and California were joining hands for a brighter future.
According to the agreement, two states will look forward to collaborating in education, science and technology innovation, agriculture and other new emerging sectors, said Zhu, who believes that all these sectors are places where California has enormous advantages.
One of the topics discussed by the two governors was low carbon development and environmental conservation which needs immediate solutions all around the world, said Zhu.
"I really respect Governor Brown who started to pay attention to environmental problem 30 years ago," said Zhu.
"In response to Brown's initiative, Guangdong will try our best to cooperate with California in the next several years to push forward lowering carbon and developing clean energy which will benefit future generations of both sides," said Zhu.
Mayor Lee announced that Guangdong's Nanfang Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) were to become sister hospitals.
Guangdong and California have a long history of interaction with each other, the two governors agreed.
Zhu said that even though there were lots of Chinese communities in the US today, the first Chinese who came to California were from Guangdong and California was the first stop for our ancestors who came to the US.
Brown told the audience that immigrants coming from Guangdong helped build California 150 years ago and he is looking forward to seeing more cooperation between two sides.
"This is the place for so many immigrants from Guangdong coming to the US even before the Gold Rush," said Brown, adding that California is still a gold mountain now, and the gold is Silicon Valley, which creates lots of imagination and creativity.
Zhu Xiaodan (center), governor of China's Guangdong province, and Jerry Brown (right), governor of California, sign Newly-Twinned Friendship Province/ State between Guangdong and California at Waterbar in San Francisco on Sunday. Edwin Lee (left), mayor of San Francisco, also attended the signing ceremony. Provided to China Daily
(China Daily USA 09/22/2014 page1)