Baseball match to propel cross-Straits exchanges kicks off in Wuxi
2017-08-10 15:43:00

The first "Hope Cup" baseball friendly match between Jiangsu and Taiwan teenagers kicks off in Wuxi Baseball Training Base on Aug 9. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

The first "Hope Cup" baseball friendly match between Jiangsu and Taiwan teenagers kicked off in Wuxi Baseball Training Base on Aug 9.

Ten teams from schools in Wuxi and five teams from primary schools of Taiwan's Xinbei city met at the opening ceremony.

Jointly hosted by Jiangsu Provincial Office of Taiwan Affairs and Jiangsu Provincial Sports Bureau, the match from Aug 8-9 aims to promote cross-Straits sports exchanges.

Students from Wuxi Special Education School warm up for the opening ceremony. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Liu Xia, deputy mayor of Wuxi municipal government, addressed the ceremony and expressed her hope that the match would improve the baseball skills of both sides and strengthen exchanges between the cross-Straits youths.

"Baseball has a long history in Taiwan, and Wuxi completely supports its development. We expect more exchanges and mutual understandings through sports", said Liu Zhezhang, an official from Taiwan.

Lin Yiwei, an 11-year-old player from Taiwan, said that it is his first visit to Wuxi, and he hopes to learn baseball skills and gain more knowledge concerning the culture of the Chinese mainland.

"We are glad to have this precious chance to participate in the match and learn from the students of Taiwan", said two players from Wuxi Houqiao Primary School.

Players from Taiwan warm up for the match after the opening ceremony. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Students from Taiwan will also pay cultural visits to places including Lingshan Grand Buddha and Three Kingdoms Town in Wuxi, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing.

Source:China Daily Editor:Nicky
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