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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

County Executive Office
September 21, 1998
Contact: Diane Thomas
(714) 834-6203
County To Sign Friendship Agreement With Tainan, Taiwan
SANTA ANA – The mayor of Tainan, Taiwan, George Chang, and a delegation of 18 other Tainan officials will arrive in Orange County tomorrow for a one-day visit to meet with the Board of Supervisors and enter into a "Friendly City/County" agreement. The letter of intent will be signed at an 11 a.m. reception in the fifth floor conference room of the Hall of Administration in downtown Santa Ana.

The purpose of the agreement is to enhance the trade and cultural relationships between Tainan and Orange County. In early October a group of 22 Tainan businessmen will return to meet with aeronautics firms in the county.

The County already has a City/County relationship with the city of Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China. In January, 24 young performers, The Cathay Future Children Art Troupe, from Tianjin visited Orange County as part of a cultural exchange emanating from the agreement.

"We have hosted delegations from China on a regular basis and have encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese people who are experiencing phenomenal economic growth," said Supervisor William G. Steiner who led the Orange County delegation to Tianjin. "There is much we can learn from one another."

Additional friendship agreements are in the works for cities in Egypt, Korea and Germany in addition to the Moscow region of Russia.

"Orange County offers the international business community a strong business climate, a well educated work force and a diversified economy," said Joanne Sokolski, the County’s Chief of Protocol.