Main exchanges with Xiangyang
On February 18, 2012, the then Deputy Party Secretary and Mayor Bie Bixiong of Xiangyang City met with Chairman Victor Oh of Canada-China Business Communication Council (CCBCC) and had talks over the establishment of sister city ties between Xiangyang and Mississauga.
On February 22 through 24, 2012, a delegation led by the then Deputy Director-General Wang Daiquan of the Standing Committee of Xiangyang Municipal People’s Congress was entrusted to pay a goodwill visit to Mississauga, Canada. The delegation visited the Government of Mississauga City and had deep exchanges on urban economic construction and urban planning development. On February 24, 2012, Xiangyang and Mississauga entered into a letter of intent for establishing sister city ties.
On May 17, 2012, a delegation led by the then Mayor Hazel McCallion of Mississauga City paid a two-day visit to Xiangyang. The situation of social and economic development, industrial structure and development planning of Xiangyang City were introduced to the delegation. Accompanied by Li Shuyong, the then Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Xiangyang Municipal Committee and Secretary of Party Working Committee of Xiangyang Hi-tech Development Zone, and principals of Xiangyang Bureau of Education and Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Bureau of Xiangyang Municipality, the delegation including Mayor McCallion, Chairman Victor Oh, CCBCC Member Zhao Congni and Canadian Chinese Liu Hui visited Xiangyang No.5 Middle School and communicated with students there.
Introduction to Mississauga
Situated on the northern shores of Lake Ontario, Mississauga borders Brampton to the north, Oakville and Milton to the west and Halton Hills to the northwest. It covers an area of about 289 square kilometers. According to 2013 census, the city has a population of about 720,000.
Mississauga is the fifth largest city in Canada, which is a 2-hour drive away from the border with the USA and is the portal of Canada. Owing to superior geological location, well-established infrastructure, good community environment, sound municipal system and favorable investment climate, it becomes a preferred choice for businesses. Mississauga is home to 58 head offices among the Top 500 companies in Canada and about 85 Japanese enterprises. It ranks forefront among Canadian cities in respect of life science, finance, insurance and information communication. It has attracted investment from nearly 1300 transnational corporations. Mississauga is a key traffic hub in Greater Toronto Area, where seven provincial expressways traverse and a large part of Toronto Pearson International Airport is situated.
In May 2012, the delegation led by Mayor McCallion visited Xiangyang No.5 Middle School
The scene of cultural exchange in Xiangyang No.5 Middle School