NEWSOM STRENGTHENS TIES
Chinese Healing Garden to be built
on UCSF campus
San Francisco Symphony to collaborate with Shanghai Conservatory
Photos by Deputy Director, Darlene
Chiu, Mayor's Office
November 30, 2005, 11:00 a.m.
SHANGHAI, China -- Joined by Senator Dianne Feinstein
and Former Mayor Frank Jordan, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Mayor Han
Zheng met in the official guest house Xi Jiao Hotel this evening
to sign the 8th Memorandum of Understanding for the San Francisco-Shanghai
Sister City Relationship.
Started in 1980 by Mayor Dianne Feinstein, the relationship has
since sponsored nearly 200 projects during a 25 year period. Exchanges
have included commercial, cultural, educational, governmental
and technological programs.
"I am honored to carry on and expand upon a vision that
Senator Feinstein had as Mayor of San Francisco," said Mayor
Newsom. "It is only appropriate that we continue to collaborate
with Shanghai," Newsom continued, "San Francisco is
the Gateway to the Pacific and home to the largest ethnic Chinese
population in the United States. The Chinese population in San
Francisco has been the backbone of the City's economy since the
days of the gold rush."
The MOU listed commitments to foster the promotion of economy
and trade, arts and culture, sports, education, social and governmental
A Chinese Healing Garden, designed by Shanghainese experts, will
be built on the Osher campus of the University of California in
San Francisco, symbolizing the friendship between the two cities.
In February 2006, The San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael
Tilson Thomas, will be visiting Shanghai and collaborating with
the students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in a cultural
exchange of educational and musical ideas.
In the pursuit of improving the quality of life, both cities
will embark on an exchange of urban greening and clean air programs.
Many other plans and programs were outlined in the MOU.
Programs in the MOU will be coordinated by the San Francisco-Shanghai
Sister City Committee and the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office
of the Municipal People's Government. Details of each program
including funding and implementation will be determined on a per
SAN FRANCISCO-SHANGHAI FRIENDSHIP CITY
PROGRAM MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
FOR PROJECTS OF EXCHANGE AND MUTUAL
BENEFIT BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO AND SHANGHAI
Expression of Friendship
In 1980, San Francisco and Shanghai entered into a special friendship
cityr elationship. The relationship is now twenty-five years old.
San Francisco and Shanghai consider this relationship as important
in building friendly relations between the two cities and two
countries and an important component of creating "people-to-people"
relationships between our respective citizenry. San Francisco
and Shanghai wish to increase their relationship and to encourage
further exchanges of mutual benefit. During the past twenty-five
years, nearly 200 projects have been sponsored by San Francisco
and Shanghai, including commercial, cultural, educational, governmental
and technological exchanges. In 1995 San Francisco hosted the
successful "Shanghai Week in San Francisco," which was
followed in 1998 by "San Francisco Week in Shanghai."
In March of 2005, San Francisco was honored to host the visit
of Mayor Han Zheng. Now to celebrate the visit of Mayor Gavin
Newsom to Shanghai, and to express the two cities continuing dedication
to building an even stronger friendship, the two cities-San Francisco
and Shanghai-now enter into this formal Memorandum of Understanding.
This is the eighth Memorandum of Understanding between our two
cities since 1980.
Exchanges and Projects 2006-2007
I. Friendly Visits
1. The senior leaders of the two cities will continue reciprocal
visits, so as to promote the mutual exchanges and cooperation
in various fields. Shanghai is honored to host the visit of Mayor
Gavin Newsom, Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Mayor Frank
Jordan and their delegation in November of 2005. San Francisco
will extend an invitation to Mayor Han Zheng to visit San Francisco
at his earliest convenience.
1. II. Promotion of Economy and Trade: Shanghai's financial
organizations wish to establish cooperative relationships with
San Francisco Financial Organizations.
2. Shanghai will work jointly with San Francisco to continue
the Business Management Program. The seventh class completed its
Fellowship in February of 2005. The timing and details of the
next program are to be discussed and finalized between the San
Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee and the Foreign Affairs
Office of Shanghai.
3. Shanghai shall create a reciprocal Business Management Program
in its city for San Francisco business and governmental officials.
The details of this program are to be discussed and finalized
between the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee and the
Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai.
4. San Francisco, home to the California Regenerative Medicine
Institute (Stem Cell) and the University of California, San Francisco
Medical Research Campus, and Shanghai, home to China's most advanced
biotechnology and biomedical industry, shall work together to
create new partnerships and cooperative ventures between our respective
5. San Francisco will research and create an "Investment
Guide" to the San Francisco Bay Area for use by organizations
in Shanghai looking to invest and begin business in our city and
region. Shanghai will provide a similar publication for distribution
to San Francisco area businesses.
6. The two cities will work jointly to develop a "Shanghai
Leaders/Experts" program which would bring Business and Governmental
Leaders from Shanghai to San Francisco for speeches, meetings
and discussions where they could share their expertise with their
counterparts in San Francisco.
7. Shanghai and San Francisco shall begin discussion about forming
a "Digital Sister City' program for collaboration on exploring
new opportunities in Digital and Interactive Media.
III. Arts and Culture
1. Shanghai and San Francisco will jointly establish a Chinese
Healing Garden. San Francisco will locate this garden at the Osher
Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where the
garden would symbolize the friendship between the two cities.
2. In the first two weeks of February, 2006, the world famous
San Francisco Symphony will visit Shanghai to celebrate the Lunar
New Year. The orchestra will give a special concert at Shanghai's
Grand Theater on Sunday, February 12th, 2006. In recognition of
the Sister City friendship, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas
and musicians of the Symphony will spend February 13th in an exchange
of cultural, educational and musical ideas with the students and
faculty of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
3. San Francisco and Shanghai will discuss mutual programs of
exchange and cooperation between the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
and the Shanghai Museum.
4. Shanghai wishes to continue the book exchange with the San
Francisco Public Library. Shanghai will have the Shanghai Library
contact the head of the San Francisco Public Library to work on
the details of the continued exchanges.
5. San Francisco and Shanghai wish to continue to promote cultural
and social exchanges of all types between the two cities and their
peoples, and both cities welcome future cultural exchanges.
1. San Francisco and Shanghai agree to support the World Junior
Table Tennis Championships which will be played in the San Francisco
Bay Area in December of 2007. Both sides are committed to the
success of this international tournament which will include of
36 countries and districts and 200 international athletes.
2. San Francisco and Shanghai shall continue to work towards
further soccer exchanges such as the San Francisco Seals visit
to Shanghai in 1997, the San Francisco Women Team visit in 1998
and the Shanghai Pumas visit in 2003.
3. Shanghai and San Francisco shall strive towards other major
sports exchanges such as reciprocal visits by professional sports
teams housed in each respective city.
1. San Francisco and Shanghai will work towards creating a "Sister
School" relationship between respective grade schools or
middle schools in our respective cities. This relationship would
include book exchanges, pen pal programs and student and teacher
2. San Francisco and Shanghai will continue to support the annual
exchange program between Crystal Springs Uplands School and the
Shanghai Children's Palace, including the teacher and student
1. The San Francisco Police Department and Shanghai Security
Bureau will continue their on-going exchange program including
reciprocal visits and technical information sharing.
2. The San Francisco Mayor's Office of International Trade and
Commerce will work closely with any Shanghai company looking to
invest in San Francisco by providing information, technical assistance,
expediting and networking services.
3. Shanghai and San Francisco shall continue to create dialogue
towards exchange of "Best Practices" in regards to public
infrastructure development, policy and management. This includes
public transportation systems and facilities, highways, water
systems, ports, bridges and public buildings and facilities.
VII. Social Exchange
1. With the growing interest in ensuring a sustainable urban
environment, Shanghai and San Francisco shall pursue programs
and cooperation that will share the cities respective programs
and policies towards "greening" of the community, a
clean environment and sustainable development.
2. With the rapidly rising cost of housing, Shanghai and San
Francisco shall share practices and programs that focus on
providing "affordable housing" to the citizens of our
Shanghai and San Francisco wish to conduct exchanges in the legal
fields. San Francisco will invite one judge from the Shanghai
People's High Court to attend the conference on law to be held
in San Francisco in January 2006.
The Shanghai Tourism Administrative Bureau and the San Francisco
Convention and Visitors Bureau will work to enhance two-way tourism
between the two cities. Additionally the two organizations will
share best practices and investigate the possibilities of joint
marketing and promotional programs.
1. The San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee and the Shanghai
Foreign Affairs Office of the Municipal People's Government will
coordinate the exchanges and programs listed in this Memorandum
of Understanding. They will work closely with the Mayors of San
Francisco and Shanghai to accomplish the purposes of the Memorandum.
2. The details of the exchange programs and allocation of costs
for each exchange and project will be mutually discussed and agreed
upon by each side in a spirit of mutual benefit and friendly cooperation.
3. This Memorandum may be revised and supplemented with the consent
of the parties.
With the warmest good wishes for the future, this Memorandum
of Understanding is signed on November 30, 2005, in the Chinese
and English languages, in Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
Mayor of San Francisco / Mayor of Shanghai
Gavin Newsom / Han Zheng