Houston Community News >> Chinese National Day Celebration held at the Westin Galleria in Houston

10/1/2006 Houston -- Today marked the 57th anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China. Over 1,000 people celebrated Chinese National Day with a Gala held at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Prominent figures included the Honorable Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Houston, Mr. Hua Jinzhou; the Honorable Mayor of Houston, Bill White; and the Honorable U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.

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The event began with a strong and enthusiastic opening remark by Dr. Fengxiang Qiao, Gala Chair.

The primary theme of this year's Chinese National Day celebration is to enhance the USA-Sino relationship and to maintain a peaceful Houston Chinese Community. As Chinese Americans and Chinese living in the United States, it has witnessed China's rapid developments for nearly 30 years. The Chinese community in Houston and abroad are "truly delighted about the outstanding economic and social progresses, including the endeavor for a justice and humanity based harmonious society," says Qiao.

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Every year, during the National Day celebration, the committee presents a distinguished friend of China award to an individual who demonstrates significant contribution to enhance the USA-Sino friendship. This year's "Friend of China" award goes to a respected official in Houston, Mayor Bill White, who led a trade mission group to China this past summer. (Houston Trade Mission to China)

"We are proud that the greater Houston area that we are residing in is world-renowned for its energy (oil) and aerospace industries and for its ship channel," says Qiao. Houston is the world's leading center for building oilfield equipment, while the Port of Houston ranks first in the country in international commerce and is the sixth-largest port in the world.

"All these as well as its pure and honest folkway and inhabitable environment area attracting more and more ethnic groups including Chinese immigrants and visitors to reside in and share their unique heritage and contribute to the culture, civic, economic, and spiritual life of the entire region," concluded Qiao.

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