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The Sister State relationship between Maryland and Anhui Province is the State’s most enduring, having been launched in 1980 by then-Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes and then-Anhui Party Sec. Wan Li.

Population: 64 million

Governor: Wang Qingxian


Over the last 40+ years, the Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee, working with the Anhui Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has developed and managed programs that have encouraged exchange and cooperation between the two jurisdictions across a wide range of areas, including agriculture, trade, tourism, education, culture and healthcare.
Through the years, the Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee and its counterpart in Anhui have produced numerous, high-profile and impactful programs.  
Click here to see a list of recent Initiatives


The Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee is coordinating with a higher education working group (including representatives from University of Maryland College Park, Salisbury University, Goucher College and the Maryland Higher Education Commission) to produce a virtual Maryland-Anhui Higher Education Forum (date TBD, but sometime during Fall, 2021).

The Forum will be a platform for the presentation of, and agreement on, a series of bilateral and multilateral exchange programs involving Maryland and Anhui-based higher education institutions, potentially including joint degree programs, English language virtual classes, an online faculty forum, and Anhui-Maryland cultural exchange centers.

Check back here for more information and details.


The Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee welcomes any and all Marylanders to join our organization, participate in our programs and periodic meetings, and help us support Sister States of Maryland, Inc. joint programs and initiatives.


Mark Xu – Chair, Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee

Steve Drake – Vice Chair, Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee

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