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中国日报网 2013-12-06 10:09

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Silicon Valley has enhanced its ties with China's Optics Valley in Wuhan because development in Central China benefits the United States, said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee while on his third trip to China this year in late November. Lee - the first Asian-American elected to lead the city - was making his first visit to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

With Tang Liangzhi, his Wuhan counterpart, the two mayors witnessed the signing of agreements to set up liaison offices that will enable more exchanges and cooperation between the two cities.

"Partnerships between cities can be translated to jobs and economic growth," Lee said.

Compared with his earlier visits to Beijing and Shanghai, the mayor said he found San Francisco's friendship with Wuhan interesting and unique.

"The two valleys are both high-tech towns. Silicon Valley is the world center for chip-making, and Optics Valley has the largest production for optical-electronic products in China," he said.

The mayor also said that he had gained a deep appreciation of Optics Valley and was aware of its future prospects while discussing with some top US companies - including IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Synopsys - their developments already under way in Asia.

With a long history and important location, Wuhan also has an advanced transportation system and education resources. Since Hubei already has been a driving force in Central China's development, the province offers great potential within China's economic development, Lee said.

Even though China's annual economic growth slowed down to single digits, Wuhan is still developing rapidly as China pays increasing attention to central and western China's development.

The Wuhan government said the city's GDP has already had a year-on-year growth of 10 percent in the first three quarters of this year.

"What's important for us is the opportunities brought by the development of Central China. San Francisco is definitely catching the wave," he added.

Regional development usually follows a trend from coastal regions to inland, the mayor said. He said he believes that Wuhan will be another Shanghai in the near future.

Nearly 80 universities are located in Wuhan, where 1.2 million college students give the city the world's largest university population.

"I am glad that they have so many universities here. The talent in the city can support many good industries and great innovations, whether it's in the arts, technology, science or healthcare," Lee said.

Wuhan and San Francisco have a great deal in common, and have all the elements to become great cities, he added.

Questions:

1. What American city has Wuhan enhanced ties with?

2. Why is it known as Optics Valley?

3. How many universities are in Wuhan?

Answers:

1. San Francisco.

2. Wuhan has the largest production for optical-electronic products in China.

3. Almost 80.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

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Nelly Min is an editor at China Daily with more than 10 years of experience as a newspaper editor and photographer. She has worked at major newspapers in the U.S., including the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press. She is also fluent in Korean.

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