Australia considers benefits and costs of its hundreds of sister cities

Australia and China have 108 pairings, dating back to the relationship between Melbourne (above) and Tianjin in 1980, eight years after the countries created diplomatic ties. PHOTO: REUTERS
Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SYDNEY - In the past 70 years, countries around the world have set up thousands of "sister cities" in an attempt to bridge international divides and promote ties, trade and tourism.

The modern version of these twin cities emerged as a way to promote peace-building after World War II. Berlin and London became sister cities, as did Tokyo and New York.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.