From February 12-25, 2017, a delegation from Lethbridge traveled to China and Japan. This delegation was led by Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman and included regional representation from Lethbridge County and economic and education sectors.
The purpose of the trip was to pursue economic development, support educational connectivity between partners, and continue fostering relationships in follow up to the recent visit from our Sister-City colleagues and companies in Anyang City and Anyang County, Henan, China and Haebaru, Okinawa, Japan.
|Business meeting February 16 2017||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/business-meeting-2-16-17.jpg||Business meeting February 16 2017|
|Descent into Asia||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/asia-flight-2-15-2017.jpg||Descent into Asia|
|Meetings in Asia on February 15 2017||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/asia-meeting1-2-15-17.jpg||Meetings in Asia on February 15 2017|
|Second image of meetings in Asia on February 15 2017||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/asia-meeting2-2-15-17.jpg||Second image of meetings in Asia on February 15 2017|
|Media interview with Mayor Spearman||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/InterviewAsia-2-15-17.jpg||Media interview with Mayor Spearman|
|Mayor leaving for Asia||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/mayor-asia-1-14-2017.jpg||Mayor leaving for Asia|
|ladder of success||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/ladder of success.png||ladder of success|
|Beautiful architecture in China. ||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/sites.png||Beautiful architecture in China. |
|Mayor interviews with Shanghai news media||https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/City-Council/Mission to Asia/image3.JPG||Mayor interviews with Shanghai news media||Mayor Spearman talks about trade opportunities between Lethbridge and China on Money Talks, from Shanghai. |
|Sunday, February 12||Depart Lethbridge|
|Monday, February 13||Travel day - Arrive in Beijing |
|Tuesday, February 14||Travel day – Beijing to Zhengzhou|
|Wednesday, February 15|
Meetings in Zhengzhou, Henan with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
Depart to Anyang, Henan
|Thursday, February 16||Meetings in Anyang, Henan – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations|
|Friday, February 17||Meetings in Anyang, Henan – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations, depart for Beijing |
|Sunday, February 19||Travel Beijing to Shanghai |
|Monday, February 20||Lethbridge and Region Investment and Trade Seminar and meetings in Shanghai with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)|
|Tuesday, February 21||Delegates participating in the Japan leg depart for Haebaru, Okinawa |
|Wednesday, February 22||Meetings in Haebaru, Okinawa – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations|
|Thursday, February 23|
Depart Haebaru, Okinawa for Tokyo
Meetings with Japan Trade Office and an Education Information - Session in Tokyo
|Friday, February 24||*Tentative -meeting with the Imperial Family*|
|Saturday, February 25||Group departs for Lethbridge|
The City of Lethbridge and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden representatives visit with members of the Imperial Family.
Members of the Imperial Family (left to right) include: Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her daughter, Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako.
Members of the Lethbridge delegation (left to right) include: Councillor Blaine Hyggen, Mayor Chris Spearman, and Michelle Day, Executive Director, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
The delegation met with the Imperial Family to present an invitation to attend the 50th Anniversary of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Celebration.
(photo taken February 24, 2017)