On September 11, representatives of Zhongshan City, China and Montgomery County, Maryland, signed a Memorandum of Understanding launching an economic development relationship between the two jurisdictions.
Through the agreement, the two authorities agree to actively support the other’s “efforts to promote culture, art and education exchanges,” including travel programs for members of their respective communities.
The document was signed on behalf of the County by County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council Vice President Nancy Floreen. Signing for Zhongshan City were its mayor, Liangxian Chen, and the director of its business bureau, Jinquan Ouyang. A number of representatives from both the city and county were on hand to witness the signing.
Zhongshan is a city of three million located in the southwestern portion of the People’s Republic of China. It is in the Guangdong Province in the Pearl River Delta. Largely an agricultural area, Zhongshan’s main crops include bananas, sugar cane, rice and lychee. Its proximity to Hong Kong provides the city with a strategic location for economic development.