XI'AN, China — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed an agreement here Tuesday to establish a sister state relationship with Shaanxi Province in central China.
Heineman said the agreement could result in economic development for Nebraska, either through Nebraska firms doing business in Shaanxi and its capital, Xi'an, or by Shaanxi-based businesses investing in Nebraska.
While there are no guarantees that such deals will be reached in the future, Tuesday's action is a step in that direction. Business dealings in China tend to be based on relationships, so a stronger relationship is more likely to produce actual investments or exports.
Nebraska already has several Chinese businesses with Shaanxi roots, and both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center cooperate on various programs.
In 2004, Nebraska signed a sister state agreement with Guizhou province to promote additional business.