Office of Mayor William Peduto
Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China Liu Yandong to Meet with City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 19, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto today will meet with the Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Liu Yandong.

Vice Premier Liu and Mayor Peduto will engage in a broad-ranging discussion on a variety of issues. The Mayor will discuss Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage and its environmental impact; the region’s transformation and emergence as a sustainability, healthcare, educational and tech hub. Other topics of discussion include Pittsburgh’s sister-city relationship with Wuhan, China; Mayor Peduto's upcoming visit in September 2015; and the collaborative educational relationships between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University and some of their Chinese counterparts.

The public portion of Vice Premier Liu and the Chinese Delegation’s visit to the City-County Building will include a tour of the City Council Chambers, given by Mayor William Peduto. Following the tour, a gift exchange and closed door discussion will take place.

Pittsburgh is the first stop of Vice Premier Liu’s visit to three cities in the United States. The City-County Building is the only City Hall visit Vice Premier Liu is participating in to meet with local government officials. Later this month, Vice Premier Liu Yandong will visit Washington, D.C. to co-host the sixth China-US High Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The CPE provides a high-level annual forum for government and private-sector representatives to discuss cooperation on exchanges in a broad, strategic manner.

In 2010, then State Councilor Liu Yandong and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed the Memorandum of Understanding Establishing High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, marking the formal establishment of the CPE. Since 2010, CPE has grown rapidly and expanded from the federal level to the local level. By July 2014, when the fifth round of the CPE was held, 104 agreements had been reached covering six areas of China-US cooperation, namely: education, science, technology, culture, sports and the empowerment of women & youth. Today, people-to-people exchange, strategic cooperation and business ties have become the three pillars of the new model of the major-country relationship between China and the United States.

The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have been engaged in extensive collaboration with their Chinese counterparts in the realms of faculty and student exchanges and scientific research. In 2007, University of Pittsburgh and Wuhan University jointly launched the Confucius Institute. Seven Confucius Classrooms and a Satellite Center were later established at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Tsinghua University School of Medicine in Beijing entered into a first-of-its-kind collaborative education and research agreement to bring Chinese medical and graduate students to Pittsburgh for training in biomedical research. In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh and Sichuan University broke ground on the Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute, which offers undergraduate degrees in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering. Additionally, in November 2012, Carnegie Mellon University and Sun Yet-Sun University established the SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE), offering graduate and doctoral education to students majoring in electrical and computer engineering.  

Vice Premier Liu will also visit Houston, Texas during her visit to the United States.

A list of the primary members of Vice Premier Liu’s Chinese delegation is available here.

Mayor William Peduto will be accompanied by the following city officials and guests during today’s visit:
  • Kevin Acklin, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
  • Esther Bush, President/CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

  • James Cook,  Assistant Director of the Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

  • Laura Ellsworth, Partner, Jones Day

  • Jimmy Hsia, Vice Provost for International Programs, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Bruce Kraus, President, City Council, City of Pittsburgh

  • Debra Lam, Chief, Department of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh

  • Audrey Russo, President/CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council

  • Dr. Subra Suresh, President, Carnegie Mellon University



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