Newsom, Feinstein lead China delegation celebrating 25th anniversary
of San Francisco-Shanghai sister city relationship
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
November 17, 2005
In a historic mission to China in celebration of the 25th Anniversary
of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister city Relationship, U.S. Senator
Dianne Feinstein and Mayor Gavin Newsom will accompany over 50
delegates to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong on November 25th-December
The trip marks Mayor Newsom's first trip to Asia and a return
for Senator Feinstein who established the sister city relationship
in 1980. The mission is organized by the San Francisco-Shanghai
Sister City Committee, with James Fang, as its chairman.
The delegation is made up of members and friends of the San Francisco-Shanghai
Sister City Committee, including educators, government officials,
community leaders, and corporate executives from Bridge Pharmaceuticals,
Citigroup, Lexis Nexus, Oracle and General Motors who want to
build upon the dialogue established between the sister cities
of San Francisco and Shanghai. VIP participants include Former
Mayor Frank Jordan and Wendy Paskin-Jordan, Dr. Glenn Rice, CEO
and President, Bridge Pharmaceuticals, Richard Stanley, CEO, China,
Citigroup, Thomas S. Wu, Chairman and CEO, United Commercial Bank
As former Mayor of San Francisco in 1980, U.S. Senator Dianne
Feinstein established Shanghai as this nation's first sister city
anywhere in the world. During Feinstein's tenure as Mayor of San
Francisco, Feinstein worked with former Mayors of Shanghai including
former President of China Jiang Zemin, former Premier of China
Zhu Rongji, and President of the Association for Relations Across
Taiwan Straits Wang Daohan.
Over the last 25 years, the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City
Committee has continued Feinstein's and Wang's vision with over
150 programs of mutual exchanges completed in the areas of business,
sports, library studies, medical sciences, education and civil
infrastructure, making it the oldest and most active sister city
relationship in the world. In 1992, the committee
was awarded the Rotary International Awards for "Most Outstanding
Former San Francisco Mayors Frank Jordan and Willie L. Brown,
Jr. have also led delegations to Shanghai in 1995 and 1997. This
friendship continues today under the leadership of Mayor Gavin
Newsom, Mayor Han Zheng and James Fang, Chairman, San Francisco-Shanghai
Planned highlights from the mission include;
- Mayor Gavin Newsom speaks to Shanghai business leaders about
business opportunities in San Francisco.
- San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee 25th Anniversary
Gala Dinner at theShanghai Convention Center.
- Bridge Pharmaceuticals' Beijing Office Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
with Mayor Gavin Newsom
- Signing Ceremony of Exchange between University of California,
San Francisco (UCSF) and Beijing University
- A Memorandum of Understanding and Shanghai Healing Garden signing
ceremony with Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng to announce plans to construct
a Shanghai Healing Garden at UCSF's Osher Center.
About the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee
The San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee is a non-profit
organization founded in 1980 by former San Francisco Mayor and
current U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Shanghai Mayor
Wan Dao Han. Its mission is to promote goodwill and cross-cultural
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
Former Mayor of San Francisco Dianne Feinstein formed the San
Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee.
In 1980, former Mayor of San Francisco Dianne Feinstein visits
Shanghai for the first time and establishes the Sister City Relationship
with former and current President of Association for Relations
Across Taiwan Straits Mayor Wang Daohan.
Medical exchange programs begin
Establishment of the American Foundation of Traditional Chinese
Medicine and Business Management Program.
First class of the Business Management Program is formed.
Shanghai Judges Delegation is formed.
Agricultural Delegation is formed.
Shanghai Hotel Delegation is formed.
Former Mayor of Shanghai and former Premier of China Zhu Rongji
visits San Francisco.
Former Mayor of Shanghai and the Executive Vice Premier of China
Huang Ju visits San Francisco.
San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee is awarded the Rotary
International Awards for "Most Outstanding Friendship Program."
Shanghai Week in San Francisco.
Former Mayor Frank Jordan's visit to Shanghai.
Sports Exchanges begin
Former Mayor and former President of China Jiang Zemin visits
San Francisco and dedicates the Maletesta Library at the University
of San Francisco's Center for the Pacific Rim.
Former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. visits Shanghai.
San Francisco Week in Shanghai.
Agricultural Exchanges continues.
Former Mayor and former President of China Jiang Zemin.
Funding to Ricci Institute for the Shanghai Library Catalogue
Most recent class (7th) of the Business Management Program is
Mayor Han Zheng visits San Francisco.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Gavin Newsom, and over 50 delegates
embark on San Francisco Trade and Friendship Mission to Beijing,
Shanghai and Hong Kong organized by James Fang, Chairman and the
San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee.
New projects between San Francisco and Shanghai include:
- A Shanghai Healing Garden at University of California San Francisco's
- Middle School Exchanges.
- Business Management Program executive fellows are sent to Shanghai.
- Policy and Public Security Exchanges.
- San Francisco Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Tilson
Thomas, will embark on a historic two-week tour in China.