Xi’an, home to the Terracotta Army, has found a sibling city in Cusco, in Peru; they are linked by their Unesco status. Picture: Alamy

Sister cities in the West a bulwark for China against worsening US ties

  • Orlando and Guilin, Philadelphia and Tianjin, St Louis and Nanjing – 201 places in US alone have sister-city, or twin-town, agreements with places in China
  • Sister-city relationships have their roots in mutual understanding, but offer economic spin-offs too
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Xi’an, home to the Terracotta Army, has found a sibling city in Cusco, in Peru; they are linked by their Unesco status. Picture: Alamy
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