On January 12, 2012, a grand Chinese Lunar New Year Reception was held in the Consulate-General of the P.R.C. by Consul General and Mr.s Gao Zhansheng. More than 600 people attended the reception. President of S.F. Board of Supervisors David Chiu, S.F. Supervisor Carmen Chu and Eric Mar, S.F. Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, and representatives of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, California State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma, and Board of Equalization Chairwoman Betty Yee were also present.
In his speech, Consul General Gao firstly extended his best wishes to the Chinese Community and American people. He said, last year, despite a heavy domestic agenda of advancing reform, boosting development and ensuring stability and confronted with the complex and volatile international situation, the Chinese people came together with firm determination and pressed ahead with reform, opening up and the modernization drive. China's economy maintained steady and fairly fast growth, and new progress was recorded in the endeavor to build a society of moderate prosperity in all respects. China strengthened exchanges and cooperation with the rest of the world, made new contribution to peace and development of humanity. China-US exchanges and cooperation in all domains continued to be expanded and intensified. There also emerged a rapid expansion and deepening of economic cooperation and exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.
In the year 2012, Consul General Gao said, China will continue to give a top priority to scientific development and the shift of economic growth model.China will do everything it can to ensure the sound and steady development of China's economy and social undertakings.
Consul General Gao expressed his heartfelt thanks to overseas Chinese for their tremendous contribution to China's development, to the peaceful development of the cross-the-straits relations, and to China-US friendship, and called for them continue to do so in the future.