Chinese Delegation Visit
On Friday, October 27th the city of Marshfield welcomed a Chinese Delegation from the city of Zhangjiagang, China. The delegation members represented various government offices; Xu Pingguan, Deputy Mayor of Zhangjiagang Municipal Government, Cai Caihong, Director of the Zhangjiagang Tourism Administration, Qian Jieya, Deputy Director of Zhangjiagang Education Bureau, Dong Jiangang, Deputy Director of Zhangjiagang Technology Division, Wu Yanfei, Deputy Director of Zhangjiagang City Foreign Affairs Office, Annie Wu and Abel He.
Our international relationship with the City of Zhangjiagang began through education. What proved to be the core benefits of this previous partnership will likely be important at the higher level of local government and throughout the community as a whole. The rate of internationalization has increased rapidly. Marshfield, Wisconsin, being a small and close knit community, can only benefit from the cultural diversity this type of partnership allows. As previously with education, this new partnership allows our community to better understand the culture of other nations. The signing of an MOU, or Memorandum of Understanding, with the City of Zhangjiagang is seen as an agreement of mutual understanding and respect. This could lead to collaborations unknown and previously unexplored. We are hopeful that the signing of an MOU will open the doors for cultural and economic exchanges.These visits with our Chinese partners vary in terms of purpose. This delegation was interested in learning about the many facets of the community. Because of this, they had an exciting day planned, starting with the signing of the MOU in the council chambers at City Hall and ending with a private tour of the Marshfield Medical Center. Fostering relationships with our visitors is always enjoyable but seeing our community through an outsider's perspective allows for a renewed appreciation for the community we live and work in.