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Celebrations on the 30th Maryland-Anhui Sister State Relationship
Sep 7, 2010, Hefei, Anhui Province, China

Maryland Secretary of State John P. McDonough led a delegation of 21 members to visit Hefei, Anhui Province in Sep 5 – 7. During the 3-day visit, the delegation participated in a series of celebration activities to commemorate the 30th Maryland-Anhui Sister State relationship.

On the night of Sep 5, Anhui Vice Governor Ms. Hua Jianhui held a banquet for Secretary of State and the delegation members. In her welcome remark, Ms. Hua expressed her warmest welcome to the delegation as well as congratulations on the 30-year sister relationship. She also said that the long-lasting cooperation and exchange activities between the two sides are receiving positive results. Mr. McDonough thanked Ms. Hua and all the staff for the warm greetings in his acknowledgment remark. He was quite satisfied with Anhui’s cooperative environment and hope to promote more effective and fruitful cooperation between the two states.

Mr. McDonough and Ms. Hua, on behalf of their governments respectively, exchange engraving and painting as a 30th anniversary gift to each other.

On Sep 6, Mr. McDonough, together with Vice-Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of 11th Anhui Provincial People’s Congress Ms. Wen Haiying, planted trees in Hefei Botanical Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary. After the tree planting ceremony, they reviewed together the past relationship history of the two sides, and had a deep discussion about future opportunities for cooperation and exchange. Later, Mr. McDonough and Ms. Wen attended the signing ceremony of ‘MOU on Strengthening Cooperation Regarding Personnel Training between Anhui Province and Maryland’.

In the afternoon, a Land Registration Certification Issuing Ceremony was held. The Land Registration project is a voluntary fund project of a Maryland company - International Land Systems, Inc (ILC).


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