Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tianjin Forges Tie with Chicago

Tianjin forges friendly exchange and cooperation ties with Chicago

TIANJIN, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Tianjin, the largest port city in northern China, has forged friendly exchange and cooperation ties with Chicago of the Unites States.

Tianjin mayor Huang Xingguo and Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley, Mayor of Chicago signed on the document forging the friendly ties.

At a news conference held here in Tianjin on Monday, John C. Thomson, Chief Representative of the China Office of Chicago, said forging friendly exchange and cooperation ties was important to both sides and hoped that Chicago would carry out more pragmatic cooperation with Tianjin in a wider range of fields.

Tianjin has established sister city relations with 23 foreign cities, and entered friendly exchange and cooperation ties with more than 30 regions and cities worldwide, including Texas, Hawaii, Dallas and Houston.

Global leading telecom equipment producer Motorola whose headquarters is in Chicago has based its largest global mobile phone production base in Tianjin. As early as 1992, it built the Tianjin plant.

As one of the earliest and most successful foreign investors in China, Motorola has invested more than 3.6 billion U.S. dollars in China, of which, 2.9 billion is in Tianjin and now contributes around 9 percent of Tianjin's industrial output value.

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