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Remarks by Consul General Zhang Ping at the Reception for Hamilton High School Jazz Band Students

When I attended the press conference held by Sister Cities of Los Angeles (SCOLA) 2 months ago, I was very excited to hear the announcement on Hamilton High School Jazz Ensemble's upcoming visit to China for Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival. Since then, I have been looking forward to hearing your feedback on how the trip was going and I am pleased that you are here today, bringing interesting stories about your wonderful trip to China.

I am very pleased that everyone on this trip finds it most productive and rewarding. It is not only eye opening, but also a wonderful experience of sharing and learning. I guess you have tasted the spicy food, hope you like it.

Your visit to China is a major cultural exchange event participated by LA high school students in recent years. It is of great significance in many ways. It promotes cultural, youth exchange. It promotes sister city ties between Los Angeles and China. It enhances mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and American peoples. I appreciate the role you played as the young cultural ambassadors and the contribution you made to the friendship between our two peoples. I congratulate you on the success of your visit.

I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the Sister Cities of Los Angeles (SCOLA) for organizing this trip as well as your great efforts in promoting sister city ties between Los Angeles and China. I also wish to thank in particular President Zhang of China General Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles, and his Chamber members for the sponsorship and assistance which made this trip possible and contributed to its success.

People to people exchanges connect the hearts and minds of the American and Chinese people and constitute the foundation of our relationship. I do hope there will be more exchanges of this kind in future.

I look forward to working with the Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and every one of you to push forward our relationship even further.

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