From left to right: Lloyd Madden, BAPAC President; Zhong Da, Zhoushan People’s Congress Director and Richmond Sister City Liaison, Councilman Nat Bates. Photo by Trina Jackson.
By Post Staff
The City of Richmond hosted a 13-member delegation from its Sister City Zhoushan, China last week, commemorating their 20th anniversary. The sister cities established a mutual agreement in 1993 and have collaborated on exchanges in the areas of culture, education, health and human services, and business.
Zhoushan, a chain of over 1,390 islands, is the fourth largest island in China.
Public officials, Commissioners, former Commissioners and business partners joined the city in welcoming the delegation at a May 14 dinner held at Hotel Mac. Zhoushan People’s Congress Director Zhong Da and Richmond Sister City Liaison, Councilman Nathaniel Bates exchanged gifts with great cheer and enthusiasm.
Founding member Walter Fong, Councilmember Bates, Director Da, and Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay each made remarks at the dinner.
During their stay, the delegation presented information focused on the current economic growth and tourism in Zhoushan, which reached 27 million in 2011.
Zhoushan currently has an expanding port that is actively pursuing economic development opportunities and cargo trade with the Port of Richmond. The city was also recently designated as a new development area by the Central Government.
The City of Richmond and City of Zhoushan, China are now looking forward to the next 20 years and continuing to foster exchanges in accordance with the mutual agreement.