The role of sister city relationships in the enhancement of trade : Latrobe City (Australia) and Taizhou (China)
Chung, Mona and Mascitelli, Bruno 2008, The role of sister city relationships in the enhancement of trade : Latrobe City (Australia) and Taizhou (China), in GBATA 2008 : Global Busines and Technology Association Tenth International Conference, Global Business and Technology Association, New York, N.Y..
Global Business and Technology Association Conference
Global Business and Technology Association
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Traditionally the role of Sister City relationships has been a political and cultural one involving local governments across the world. Over the decades this role has been questioned in both its efficacy as well as its focus. Hundreds of Sister City relationships have developed and in Australia velY few can be said to have produced long term and worthwhile outcomes. New interpretations of the /ill1ctionality of Sister City relationships in Australia (and elsewhere) has resulted and has shifted towards an inclusion of a consideration of the commercial utility of such relationships and not solely cultural (0 'Toole 2001). Today especially with current strong trade relations with China, new models are sought to provide sustainability and long term prospects to such relations. This paper examines the possibility of special sister city relations between Australian and Chinese cities using their sister city links. Specifically an examination in this paper is undertaken of the City of Latrobe and Taizhou as a case study of interest which provides sustainable trade potential between two strong small medium enterprise (SME) economies.
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