Last night, Dalian Municipal Government held a reception at the Shangri-La Hotel to welcome guests from home and abroad participating in the 29th Dalian Sophora Viewing Festival & Northeastern Asia International Tourism Culture Week. It was presided over by Deputy Mayor Hao Ming. Li Jinzao, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Tan Zuojun, Member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee attended the reception. Nicayi Junbo,(Secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Member of the House of Representatives), Tan Chengxu(Deputy Secretary of Dalian Municipal Party Committee and Mayor) and Bridge Yoji (ANA’s highest adviser) delivered speeches.
The reception was also attended by Song Jingwu (Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries), Hao Chunrong (Vice Governor of Liaoning Province), Xiong Boli (member of the Standing Committee of Dalian Municipal Party Committee and Secretary of Dalian Municipal Party Committee) , Liu Xiaobin ( deputy director of the Standing Committee of Dalian Municipal People's Congress) and Yi Qingtao( Secretary of Dalian municipal government).
Many guests from home and abroad were invited to attend the reception, including Akita Sakai, Governor of Akita Prefecture in Japan, Yasushi Yoshida, Deputy Governor of Niigata Prefecture, Kazuo Sakata, Deputy Governor of Hokkaido Prefecture, and Stephan Vilan, Deputy Governor of Charente Province in France, delegations and visitors from different countries such as Japan, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Malaysia, and guests from different cities in China.
Nicayi Junbo said in his speech that he is very pleased gathered here with so many friends from different countries. We should remember this moment and further deepen exchanges and cooperation with each other.
Tan Chengxu said that the Sophora Viewing Festival will close exchange and cooperation between Dalian and the world and widen Dalian's circle of friends. Nicayi Junbo and Bridge Yoji came to Dalian for the first time contributing to the“Northern Japan Ship Stuck Harbor Forum”in the 40th anniversary of the Sino-Japanese Peace and Friendship Treaty; the attendance of delegations in the Sophora Viewing Festival added new vitality to friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two sides. We sincerely hope that more and more friends could learn more about Dalian through this activity and fall in love with this beautiful and romantic city.
Bridge Yoji wished the various activities of the 29th Dalian Sophora Viewing Festival a complete success and thanked Dalian City for its concern and support for ANA. He said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty. The ANA will continue to work for the development of Japan-China relations, making new contributions to the economic and trade cooperation and personnel exchanges between Japan and Dalian.
At the reception, Dalian publicity video and Wakayama City's landscape video were played. Music students from Japan and Dalian citizens played classical Chinese instrumental music for the guests.