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The importance of Sino-Australian Sister City Type Relationships in regional development

  • Year: 2001
  • Author: Forth, Gordon; Howell, Ken
  • Journal Name: Regional Policy and Practice
  • Journal Number: Vol.10, No.1
  • Country: Australia, China
  • State/Region: Victoria

Using the Jiangsu-Victoria and Greater Green Triangle-Yangzhou relationships as case studies this paper provides an initial analysis of the origins, objectives, achievements, and limitations of SinoAustralian Sister City Type Relationships. Based on research to date, we suggest that certain factors, including the development of inappropriate SCTRs have seriously limited the capacity of these relationships to achieve their stated and unstated regional development objectives. After reviewing the recent history and perceived effectiveness of Sino Australian SCTRs. the paper concludes by commenting on the potential of such relationships to contribute to economic and cultural development in regional Australia.

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