The Mayor of Chengdu Tang Liangzhi traveled to Pakistan in April to explore cooperation in various sectors between the two sides.
Lahore is the capital city of Pakistan's Punjab province and is recognized as the "heart of Pakistan".
Similarly to Chengdu, Lahore is an economic, transport and cultural hub with well-developed infrastructure and the country's top educational institute. Three Nobel laureates graduated from the University of Punjab in the city.
Chengdu ranks top in economy, aviation and innovation in the western part of China.
Chengdu is at the intersection of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Yangtze River Economic Zone, two of China's key national strategies. As a key part of the diamond economic zone project connecting Xi'an, Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming, Chengdu stands to receive a range of national support and open up to more opportunities. There are 12 countries approved to set up consulates in Chengdu. The city operates 82 international air routes and adopted the 72-hour visa free policy for visitors. It is also working on building a new airport and a range of transport and logistics projects.
Renowned for its cluster of top universities, Chengdu is home to a large number of Pakistani students, with majors including medical studies, engineering and Chinese.
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in China and the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chengdu set up a Pakistani Studies Center in Sichuan University in 2007 to promote academic and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Chengdu has 53 top universities and several major national scientific institutions. Each of them focuses on innovation and developing international cooperative projects.
Lahore will become Chengdu's second sister city in South Asia after Bangalore, India. The pair will carry out projects in infrastructure, agricultural product processing, culture and education, textiles and tourism.