AN alliance to promote ties between cities in Victoria and the Chinese province of Jiangsu has been launched by Premier Denis Napthine.
The Victoria-Jiangsu Regional City Alliance is aimed at enhancing ties between regional cities in Victoria and Jiangsu.
The alliance is a joint initiative between the Jiangsu provincial government and the Victorian government.
“This alliance will position regional cities across Victoria and Jiangsu to take advantage of emerging economic and cultural opportunities between our state and province,” Dr Napthine said.
The alliance was launched as part of Victoria-Jiangsu Festival commemorations to mark the 35th anniversary of Victoria’s sister-state relationship with Jiangsu.
“I envisage that, at the end of the next 35 years of our relationship, every city in Victoria and Jiangsu will share bonds of friendship as deep as those we celebrate this week between our state and province.”
In 2012, Warrnambool signed a sister city agreement with Changchun in the province of Jilin.