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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
This week, nine delegates from Handan, China are visiting Dubuque. Dubuque has had a Sister City relationship with Handan for a number of years.
The relationship allows Dubuque and Handan to facilitate and maintain economic and cultural exchanges with one another. It also allows the cities to create a partnership within the business community and with educational institutions.
Dick Landis is a member of the Dubuque Sister City Relationships Advisory Commission.
"Their are companies in the Dubuque area that a lot of people from Dubuque work in who say themselves we wouldn't be flourishing like we are if we didn't have this relationship with Chinese companies. Because they are buying our stuff and we are buying from them," he said. "They are producing things that we need for our product that we sell world wide."
"If you want your children to grow up being very comfortable with a lot of different parts of the world and having some knowledge them and being able to say 'oh when I was in fifth grade my best friend was so and so from China.' we have to work at that, it won't just happen for us." Landis said.
This is the second time in just a couple of months delegates from Handan, China are in Dubuque.
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