A Foreword to the Picture Gallery of the Fruits of the Ten-Year Communication between xx and yy
The past ten years resembles a glass of vintage wine crystal-clear in its looks but mellow in its bouquet. The bit-by-bit efforts of a whole decade accumulated and finally made this wine of friendship what it is today.
All can be traced back to the May of 1998 when Mr. lgq, then mayor of xx, led the delegation of his city to pay a visit to yy city and signed with his Australian counterpart a Sister City agreement, thus turning over a new page of xx’s oversea exchanges.
Ever since that, thanks to the care and promotion by leaders as well as people from all sectors of both cities, the past ten years saw a tremendous progress in the Sister City relationships. There have been exchanges of visits by leadership from both cities each year, and leaders of the CPC Committee, People’s Congress, city government and the People’s Political Consultative Conference of xx also respectively led their delegations to visit yy in recent years. Besides, many groups representing different professions and art circles as well as youth summer camps have been organized in xx to launch friendly contacts with yy.
In 2005, xx and yy jointly held a youth artistic gallery entitled “My Home”, in which beautiful dreams for a permanent bond of friendship were painted by Chinese and Australian children. Seeing their works, one rejoices in surprise realizing that the friendship between the two cities is already so deeply rooted.
Still impressive and fresh in everyone’s memory, this past decade has already been imprinted on our minds by time, yet it is less a simple mark signifying years and dates than a lofty monument of history. On this monument is recorded each footprint left by the two cities working hand in hand.
Hats off to this past decade! Having witnessed our incessant growth toward maturity, it bears our dreams and encourages the peoples of both cities to keep working on the new chapters of a happier and more harmonious future.
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