On November 3, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the Fifth China-United States Sister Cities Conference.
In his message, the Chinese head of state pointed out that the people are the foundation of bilateral relations, and the friendship between the two peoples is the driving force for the development of relations between the two countries. According to him, twinned provinces, states and cities are an important platform for deepening the friendship between the two peoples and achieving mutual benefit and win-win results, Radio China reported.
Xi Jinping stressed that the conference is an important mechanism for local exchanges between the two countries, playing an important role in deepening domestic cooperation between China and the United States.
Currently, the two countries have established 284 pairs of sister provinces, states and cities. The first twinning was officially realized in 1979. The current conference opened today in the East China city of Suzhou, and its main theme is “Jointly Building Green Cities and Sharing People’s Welfare”.