Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sanford Looking To Strengthen Chinese Ties

Sanford may soon join the ranks of Pinehurst and Durham by establishing a Sister City relationship with a city in China – if the Carolina China Council gets its wish.

The Council, chaired by Senator Harris Blake and represented locally by Dr. Bud Marchant of Central Carolina Community College, promotes cultural opportunities and the exchange of college and K-12 students between the United States and China.

For Sanford, the Council has chosen Yixing, a city with 1.24 million people. Despite its size, Yixing has quite a lot in common with our city. For example, Yixing is the capital of pottery in China and is known as being well centered for commerce, tourism, and more.

The Sanford City Council recently agreed to support the Council’s request to link Sanford and Yixing, providing Dr. Marchant with a letter of agreement to proceed with the process of establishing a formal relationship.

Working in Sanford's favor is CCCC's Confucius Classroom, a program that allows college and high school students, business people, and the general public to learn more about China. Participants get a better understanding of the country by exploring its history, traditions, and language.

If the Chinese government approves Yixing as a Sister City, Sanford could see exchange students and more from the city as early as 2014.

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