Chinese consul hails Climaco for successful China sojourn PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2015 14:44

By VIC LARATO

The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China based in Cebu City has extended his warmest felicitations to Mayor Beng Climaco for successfully leading the city’s 82-man trade mission to China last month.

In a letter dated Sept. 29 to Mayor Climaco, Chinese Consul General Song Ronghua said he was very delighted to know that “your China sojourn has also resulted in sisterhood agreements between Zamboanga City and the cities of Zhoushan and Guigang to foster mutual understanding, cooperation and friendship.”

Zamboanga City, ConGen Ronghua said, is no different from Guigang and Zhoushan Cities, whose economic growth and development have consistently strengthened and are rapidly increasing over the years.

“In fact, there exist many similarities between our cities. Our diplomatic relationship, which has spanned for centuries, has been very cordial and continually achieved progress despite disputes,” said the Chinese congen in Cebu.

According to him, Zhoushan City in Zhejiang Province is known for its “benefits of fish and salt, convenience of boats” that offers boundless and profound marine cultures and resources. It is a special economic zone, and possesses a unique deep water harbor, and navigation passageway resource.

On the other hand, Guigang City in Guangxi Province is literally a harbor city, where transportation, shipping, logistics, and agriculture are vital parts of its economy.

He said his city has a proud history of manufacturing industries that include chemical, pharmaceuticals, metallurgy, tannery, textiles, printing, and food processing.

“You and your city government have always taken a friendly policy towards China,” ConGen Ronghua wrote the chief executive as he “believed that [through] mutual visits will deepen mutual understanding, and will build closer relations that will benefit the people of our (sister) cities.”

He further said China and the Philippines have a long history of friendship. “Let us work together to foster more unified relationship leading to development,” he added.

To recall, Climaco headed the city’s delegation to the just concluded 12th China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Exposition in Nanning City, China, where they showcased the trade, investment and tourism potentials of Zamboanga City.

Zamboanga was designated as the Philippines’ “City of Charm” at the 12th CAEXPO.— Vic Larato