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Sister City Initiative - Guangzhou (Canton) City, China
In an effort to improve trade, commercial, and cultural relations between Florida and China, Commissioner Zapata is currently working on an initiative to establish sister city partnership between Miami-Dade County and Guangzhou (Canton) City, China.
About Guangzhou City
Guangzhou City, historically known as Canton City, has a population of 12.78 million people, as of the 2010 census, and is one of the five national central cities of the People’s Republic of China. Guangzhou is the third largest city in China.
Guangzhou is located on the Pearl River, China’s third longest river and is world famous for the pearl colored shells that lie at the bottom of the river. Only about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port in China.
Guangzhou is home to Zhujiang Brewery, one of the three largest domestic breweries in China. Guangzhou also holds the “Canton Fair,” commonly known as the China Import and Export Fair, in April and October of every year.
Guangzhou boasts its Guangzhou Industrial Zone, which hosts automobile assembly, biotechnology and heavy industries. Guangzhou Free Trade Zone also promotes international trade, logistics, processing industry and computer software.
The Tale of Two Future Sister-Cities
A Comparison of Miami-Dade County and Guangzhou City
- Both cities enjoy tropical climates in countries where temperate weather is prevalent.
- Both cities are the major southernmost cities in their respective countries, are similar in land size and have comparable economic productivity levels. While Miami-Dade comprises 2.4K sq. m. (6.2K sq. km.), Guangzhou encompasses 2.8K (7.4K sq. km). In 2010, Miami-Dade’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $111.6 billion. Similarly, Guangzhou’s GDP was $192.3 billion in 2011.
- Both cities serve as major southern seaports within their countries. While Miami-Dade sea lanes open up to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean, Guangzhou sea waters lead China to Southeast Asia.
- Both cities are major international trading centers within their countries. While Miami-Dade serves as the U.S. commercial gateway to the South American hemisphere and the Caribbean, Guangzhou is China’s commercial gateway to the Pacific Rim countries.
- Both cities excel in tropical agriculture. While Miami-Dade satisfies North America’s needs for vegetables and crops during winter months, Guangzhou takes on the same role for Central Asia during the winter season.
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