According to the overall layout of the nation’s foreign affairs and the province’s regional target of opening-up, Anhui takes advantage of the nation’s favorable major external exchange platforms to continue consolidating and expanding exchanges with developed countries and regions, to actively develop contacts with the major source countries of foreign direct investment, skilled talents, advanced technologies, and tourists, and destinations for the province’s going-global strategy, and to develop friendly contacts, people-to-people exchanges and economic and technological cooperation.
The province actively promotes high-profile contacts with foreign countries. The number of foreign dignitaries and corporate executives of Fortune 500 who have visited Anhui is greatly increased. Through various channels, foreign governments, governments of friendly provinces/states and friendly cities, foreign embassies and consular officials, foreign journalists, foreign nationals with Chinese origin and overseas Chinese are invited to visit Anhui so as to increase the inﬂuence of Anhui and to promote the province’s opening-up to the outside world. Anhui remains committed to developing friendly overseas relationships. Against such a background, the province endeavors to strengthen mutual understanding and solidarity with its foreign partners, and thereby expands external exchange channels. By the end of 2018, the province has established sister-city (-state or -province) relationships with 94 states (districts or counties) and cities locating in 37 countries of the world’s six continents. The special relationship uses cultural, sports, and educational exchanges to create goodwill and develop strong personal relationships amongst the partnerships. Exchanges and cooperation between sister cities involve the scope of culture, trade, science and technology, education, sports, tourism, agriculture, environment, health, finance, and environmental protection.
The province has built multiple contacts with many foreign countries and regions, and established communication relations with more than 70 foreign friendly organizations. In addition, the province has also established links with nearly 200 overseas Chinese organizations. The province signed Agreement of Co-building Friendly Associations with 29 overseas Chinese societies and business chambers. The vigorous exchanges with the outside world have developed friendly relationships with the foreign countries and regions, promoted the mutual understandings and friendships. As a result, a multi-level, multi-channel, omnidirectional and diversiﬁed pattern of opening-up to the outside world has been formed in Anhui.