On March 16, Guangdong provincial leader and Mayor of Shenzhen-Mr Qin Xu received Mayor Roberts of Charlotte in Shenzhen. The two mayors signed “a memorandum of friendship exchange” for Shenzhen and Charlotte. The two cities officially became sister cities. Up to now, Shenzhen has signed sister city memorandums with eighty-three cities in the world.

The two mayors believed that Shenzhen and Charlotte have a lot in common such as financial industry, science and innovation, green and low carbon economy, education and cultural exchange. And those are the areas that the two sister cities can work together. According to the memo, the two cities will start the extensive exchange and cooperation in their common areas for equal benefits, mutual trust, and common development.