Rauner celebrates China anniversary, partnership with Illinois
Gov. Bruce Rauner came back from his China visit recently but wasn't finished with the world's most-populous country that quickly.
At Chicago's celebration of the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Sept. 28, Rauner told a crowd of 700 that the business, government and education relationship between Illinois and China is dynamic and crucial.
Rauner gave special recognition to the ongoing partnership between the University of Illinois system and Zhejiang University and Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic.
“The China-US relationship is one of the most strategic bilateral relationships in the world and cooperation between the local governments is an important component of the Sino-US relations,” Rauner said, according to a press release.
Consul General Hong Lei was also on hand to celebrate.
“With the joint efforts of both sides, China and the State of Illinois has established a robust and win-win partnership, which has greatly contributed to the development of China-U.S. relations,” Lei said in a prepared statement. “Governor Rauner's recent visit to China has just injected new impetus to this dynamic relationship. I look forward to joining hands with Governor Rauner and friends from all circles to forge an even stronger relationship between China and Illinois so as to benefit our two peoples.”
Rauner’s visit to the PRC was his first global trade mission on behalf of the people and businesses of Illinois.