Introduction to Sister cities

2017-04-14 14:25:47 , Source : The Government Website of Shaanxi Province

The first recorded modern sister cities were established between Keighley in West Yorkshire, England and Poix-du-Nord in Nord, France, in 1920. It was a way to promote mutual understanding and world peace after the agonies of World War I.

In a special session for the mayors’ meeting in 1945 when World War II ended, Germany suggested the forming of a stable and friendly link between cities of Germany and those of France to get rid of its bad impression as the place where a world war broke out. The practice became popular in Europe and spread across the world soon afterwards.

International sister cities activity began comparatively late in China. The sister cities relationship between Tianjin and Kobe, the earliest of its kind in China, was established in 1973 under the support of Premier Zhou Enlai. Nara, a Japanese city built on imitating ancient Chang’an of Tang dynasty, was connected with Xi’an on February 1st, 1974. Nara is the first international sister city for Shaanxi Province.

Sister cities relationship has been developing quite well in Shaanxi, following the principles of “joining hands” and “exchanging wholeheartedly with friends”. As an important window for Shaanxi to extend foreign contacts, they contribute a lot to international exchanges of talents, economy, science, technology and culture. As a result, Shaanxi was awarded the prize of being “an outstanding contributor”, “a model for international exchanges and cooperation” (twice), and “a promoter of urban internationalization” in 2010, 2012 and 2014 respectively by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries & China International Friendship Cities Association.

Shaanxi has established 83 pairs of sister cities by the end of March, 2017.