In August 1989, when former Mayor
Chiou Yuan Jhong took in office, Miaoli City had signed the
alliance agreements, forming sister city with St. Louis Lake
City and Wentzville of Missouri State and Kissimmee City of
Florida State. At each occasion, both parties agreed, under
the basis of traditional and cordial friendship, together
they will promote developments on economy, trade, society
and culture between the two cities. Among them, the signed
alliance agreement between Miaoli and St. Louis Lake City
is currently displayed at a corner in the City Civic Square.
Given the changes of time and relatively few similarities
between the two parties, Miaoli and her three American sister
cities has seldom corresponded in recent years.
On December 15th 2003, within the
tenure of Mayor Chiou Bing Kun, Miaoli City had entered into an
alliance treaty to form a sister city with Shimizu Town of Shizuoka
Prefecture in Japan through the Rotary Club, who acts as an intermediary.
Under ideologies of equality and mutual benefit, the two parties
have commenced an extensive exchange in education, culture and industry.
They have enthusiastically enhanced the economic prosperity and
wholesome of the public between the cities.
Despite the Rotary Club, another private organization that is internationally
active is the Youth Business Association. It also contributes its
utmost effort to assist Miaoli City in promoting her city exchange.
The Youth Business Association has close interactions with private
organizations of Uiwang-si in Korea. The friendship between the
two cities gradually extends from private organizations to the government
sectors. Recently, there are mutual student exchanges between the
two cities for a better understanding on educational policies and
special features of the other city. It also provides a more intensive
knowledge on the ethos belonging to the friendly city. Though the
two cities have yet to enter into a formal alliance, they have good
interaction. At the beginning of the year, the Mayor of Uiwang-si
had led a group to Miaoli for participation in the Folk Street Stepping
Event of the Lantern Festival. Such move provides dual benefits
of true materialization of city exchange and subordinate to that,