May 5, 1999
Release No. 023-99

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Washington, D.C. — USIA Acting Director Penn Kemble and Mr. SUN Jiazheng, Minister of Culture for the People's Republic of China, have signed the new Implementing Accord for Cultural Exchange between China and the U.S. Mr. Sun leads a delegation that is visiting the U.S. from May 4 to 12, 1999. The Implementing Accord for Cultural Exchange provides the broad umbrella under which cultural exchanges between the two nations take place.

Following a presentation by representatives of USIA's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, headed by Associate Director Dr. William Bader, and a similar presentation by the Chinese delegation, the signing by Mr. Kemble and Mr. Sun took place in a ceremony in the Department of State Treaty Room on May 5.

In addition to Washington, D.C., Minister Sun's U.S. itinerary includes visits to New York, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. This is the first official visit to the U.S. by a Minister of Culture from the People's Republic of China since normalization of relations.

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