Friendly city increases international exchanges, ties

Authors: China Daily

2015-11-23

As it further opens up to the world, Chengdu has quickly broadened its circle of friends and is increasingly active in global affairs. It is showing it has much more to offer than just giant pandas and hotpot.
As it further opens up to the world, Chengdu has quickly broadened its circle of friends and is increasingly active in global affairs. It is showing it has much more to offer than just giant pandas and hotpot.
The city in September signed a memorandum with Milan and San Francisco to establish friendly partnerships with the two cities. To date, Chengdu has 28 sister cities and 39 friendly partner cities worldwide. Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan province, aims to become more international and create more development opportunities through cooperation and exchanges with international counterparts.
After signing the friendly partnership memorandum on Oct. 13 along with Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco, Chengdu government leaders talked with interested investors and professionals about the city's preferential policies, investment environment, and geographical advantages, to promote exchanges in funding and technology with the United States.
In addition to giant pandas, Chengdu is also a center for science and technology, businesses, trade, and finance; is the transportation and communication hub of western China; and is a base for advanced manufacturing, high-tech innovation, and agriculture products processing. The scholarships available for overseas students from sister cities to study in Chengdu, which the city government began offering last year. As of June, 157 students had obtained a scholarship.
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