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City of Muscatine to host ribbon cutting for Sino-U.S. Friendship House

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The City of Muscatine will host a ribbon cutting for the opening of the Sino-U.S. Friendship House on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. The house is significant because Chinese President Xi Jin Ping stayed in the house when he visited Muscatine in 1985.

The house located at 2911 Bonnie Drive is meant to serve as a symbol of old and new friendships between China and the United States.

At the time of his visit, President Xi Jin Ping was visiting the area as part of a delegation learning about modern agricultural techniques.

In 2012, then Vice President Xi Jin Ping returned to Muscatine to visit the “old friends” he met during his 1985 visit. 

 Then in April of 2013, at President Xi’s suggestion, Muscatine entered into a sister city relationship with Zhengding County, China.

During October of 2013, Muscatine once again welcomed visitors from Iowa’s sister state Hebei Province to celebrate the 30 years of Iowa and Hebei’s sister state relationship.

Mayor DeWayne Hopkins, City Administrator Gregg Mandsager and Community Development Director Dave Gobin have each had the opportunity to visit China to learn about Chinese history and culture as well as the Chinese business culture. 

The opening of the Sino-U.S. Friendship House is one more opportunity, the town hopes will build relationships and friendships with China.

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