US-China Sister Cities Conference (March 26-28, 2014)

Pictured here is Larry Uebner (right), Board member of the Sister Cities International, and Maorong Jiang (left), Director of the Asian World Center and Board member of Omaha Sister Cities Association, during the 2014 US-China Sister Cities Conference in Washington D.C. from March 26-28, 2014.

News Release:
In collaboration with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Washington-based Sister Cities International (SCI) held a landmark conference on US-China relations, in Washington DC., March 26 to 28, 2014.

More than 300 people from Chinese and US cities, sister provinces and states got together on March 26 at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC in celebration of the 35 years of sister-cities history and friendship between these two countries.

The conference covered areas like History of US Chinese relationships, Building Business Relations through Sister City Relations, Best Arts & Culture program, Best Youth program, Best Economic Development program, Best Energy and Sustainable Development program and so on.  The Conference provided exciting opportunities for U.S. and Chinese cities to learn about strengthening exchanges and business engagement through informative sessions from business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China.  Conference sessions and forums are designed for networking, learning and sharing of best practices.

As a nonprofit citizen diplomacy organization and in networking  with more than 2,000 cities in 136 countries around the world, Sister Cities International "strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.”  Since 1979, more than 240 cities in China have built their sister cities relations with that of the US.  For the city of Omaha, Yantai is the sixth sister city of China, which was formally established in 2010.

The Asian World Center hosted a Photo Show to celebrate the new city sister relations between Yantai and Omaha in the fall of 2010. See the show “Finding Yantai: Omaha’s Sister City in China – A Photo Journey”.