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Supporting Improved
U.S. Policy Toward Africa

Partnership Between The United States Conference of Mayors and the Association
of  Senegalese Mayors

Cooperation Between
U.S. and Ghana Mayors

Support for the Internationa Affairs Budget
Commendation of U.S. Cities in Providing Aid to Central America
The 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO)
Ministerial in Seattle, Washington, and New Round of WTO Trade Negotiations

Support for China-United States Tourism
Support for Re-Authorization of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Resolution Supporting Nobel Prize Nomination for the Reverend Jesse Jackson
Passage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act
Establishment of the American Confederation of Municipal Associations

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

SUPPORT FOR CHINA-UNITED STATES TOURISM

WHEREAS, the bond between the people of China and the people of the City and Country of Honolulu is especially strong, due to the Sister City agreement forged in 1997 between Honolulu and the City of Zhongshan; and

WHEREAS, many member cities of The United States Conference of Mayors have established Sister City agreements with cities in China; and

WHEREAS, international fellowship was celebrated recently in Honolulu at the February, 1999 China-U.S. Conference of Mayors, when eight Chinese mayors, who represent a total population of 82.5 million people, visited our city to discuss shared urban challenges and the promotion of leisure travel between our two nations; and

WHEREAS, Chinese citizens are now traveling abroad in record numbers, offering an enormous potential for tourism to the United States and the consequent reduction of this country’s current $50 billion trade deficit with the People’s Republic of China; and

WHEREAS, current procedures to obtain visas required for travel to the United States are deemed arbitrary and restrictive due to the current policies of the United States government; and

WHEREAS, developing better guidelines and procedures for travel to the United States would bring mutual benefit to both the People’s Republic of China and the United States; and

WHEREAS, this goal could be met if the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and the State Department developed a workable visa policy; and

WHEREAS, Honolulu, as the gateway that joins East and West, and whose large, Chinese-American community has long-standing ties with cities in China would be designated to develop and implement a pilot program for the purpose of easing travel restrictions,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the State Department to designate the City and County of Honolulu to develop a visa policy which would promote and foster friendship and trade between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.

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