Chinese flag raised in Washington for 60th anniversary of PRC

2009-09-21 08:53 BJT

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Hundreds of Chinese nationals, students, businessmen and expatriates came together in Washington D.C. on Sunday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

They marked the occasion by raising the red Chinese national flag alongside America's Stars and Stripes, in a small park just south of the White House. Event organizers said it was the first time the Chinese national flag has been raised in a public place in America's capital city.

Sunday's festivities were also meant to send a message to Chinese compatriots back home - that despite being far from home, overseas Chinese still honor and respect their home country.

Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong, attended the ceremony, saying the event was another step toward building better relations between the two countries.

Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to U.S., said, "I think relations are off to a good start since the inauguration of the new US administration. Last time when Chinese and US presidents met in London they decided that the two countries should develop a cooperative, positive, comprehensive relationship. The two presidents will meet again very soon in New York. This time when they meet, I think they will put more detail into this relationship."