The Anhui delegation headed by governor Wang Sanyun made a productive trip to the US between July 12 and July 19.
As one of the four Chinese provinces and also the only province of Central China attending the first China US forum, Anhui was seen and heard by the world at the sub-national Sino-US co-operation platform.
The forum enhanced local partnership and promoted mutual understanding in both Anhui province and the US states.
Chinese ambassador Zhang Yesui said the groundbreaking forum was an important achievement during President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States in January to enhance cooperation at the local level between China and the US.
During the trip, the delegation also attended a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of sister state relationship between Anhui province and the US state of Maryland.
Over the past 31 years, the two sides have expanded educational, cultural, economic and trade cooperation. Martin O'Malley, governor of Maryland, said the relationship with Anhui is the most long-lasting and valuable partnership Maryland has ever had, and the exchanges and cooperation between the two sides, based on mutual respect and benefit, have been very fruitful.
Furthermore, a series of business activities were hosted by the Anhui delegation to boost cooperation in trade, culture and education between the province and the US states. They signed deals worth $1.54 billion, covering research an production of solar energy equipment and electrical devices, LED epitaxial wafer and chip production, machine building, tyre export and brand strategy cooperation.
(By Zheng Weiling)