China News Agency, Los Angeles, February 28 (Reporter Zhang Shuo) On the evening of February 27, local time, Qin Gang, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, met in Los Angeles with Vice President of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Tan Huimin, Los Angeles Lakers President Bass and legendary players Horry, Consul General in Los Angeles Zhang Ping attended the meeting.
Qin Gang thanked the U.S. side for its kind invitation and said that basketball is not only a popular sport for the Chinese and American people, but also a common language and an important bond that promotes mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, especially the young people.
Over the years, the NBA League and the Los Angeles Lakers have been widely loved by Chinese fans, and the Los Angeles Lakers have many fans in China.
Under the new situation, China hopes that the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers will continue to play an active role and make greater contributions to promoting China-US cultural exchanges and cooperation and helping the development of China's basketball career.
Tan Huimin said that President Xi Jinping and President Biden visited Los Angeles in 2012 and watched the Lakers game together, which greatly promoted the NBA's exchanges and cooperation with China and became a story of sports and cultural exchanges between the United States and China.
In the future, the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers are willing to play an important bridge role in promoting friendship and cultural exchanges between the people of the United States and China.
After the meeting, the Los Angeles Lakers presented Qin Gang with the No. 43 jersey representing the 43rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States and the 43rd anniversary of the NBA Washington Bullets' visit to China.