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On Friday, December 5, 2014, President Eric Kaler welcomed the China Shaanxi Province delegation led by Mr. Zhao Zhengyong, General Secretary and Chairman of the Standing Committee of China Shaanxi Provincial People's Congress. Delegates included Zhang Baowen, Director of Foreign Affairs at Shaanxi Provincial Government; Yue Liang, Director General of Policy Research Office at Shaanxi Provincial Government; Zhang Shenliang, Deputy Director General of Shaanxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission; Tian Shaoguo, Deputy Division Chief of General Office of Shaanxi Provincial Committee; Gao Jinxiao, Division Chief of Foreign Affairs Office at Shaanxi Provincial Government; Shen Hao, Chairman of Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group; Wang Yong, Chairman, Shaanxi Culture Industry Investment Group; Li Zunpeng, General Manager Assistant, Shaanxi Culture Industry Investment Group; Zou Linfeng, General Manager of Yan’an Culture Industry Investment Group; and Li Baolin, Deputy Director of Executive Office of Shaanxi Culture Industry Investment Group. Wang Yong, Deputy Consul General for the People’s Republic of China in Chicago attended this visit as well. From the university and local community, Mandy Bai, China Center Assistant Director, and Kathleen Kathleen Motzenbecker, Executive Director of Minnesota Trade Office, accompanied the visit.
President Eric Kaler received the Kaicheng Stone Classics donated by China Shaanxi Province General Secretary Zhao Zhengyong to the University of Minnesota. In form of the traditional thread binding edition with 117 volumes in 18 packages, the set of books represents the oldest and most comprehensive collection of Confucianism classics and is regarded as the most typical encyclopedia of Chinese culture. Among the 1180 sets published by Shaanxi Province globally, this is the first and the only set in the United States because of the sister state relationship between Shaanxi Province and the State of Minnesota. The collection will be preserved by the University of Minnesota East Asian Library.
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