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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.  

Some of the more recent and memorable of the initiatives:

  • Higher Education Exchange (2012-2022) – Salisbury University and Anqing Normal University, members of their respective public university systems in Maryland and Anhui have actively exchanged students, faculty, and staff.  More than 100 students from Anqing Normal University have studied for their undergraduate degrees at Salisbury University in specially designed dual degree programs in  Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies.  More than a dozen SU students have studied Mandarin language and Chinese history at Anqing Normal and numerous Salisbury alumni have spent a year teaching English at Anqing Normal.  Hundreds more students from Anqing Normal have studied English online and in-person in Maryland.


  • Virtual 40th Anniversary Commemoration (2021) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anhui Party Sec. Li Jinbin and a host of economic, trade, and education officials gathered in real time for a memorable celebration of the 40-year sister state relationship between Maryland and Anhui.  


  • Mutual Exchange of Personal Protective Gear During COVID (2020 & 2021) – At the outset of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee in March/April, 2020 raised hundreds of dollars and donations of personal protective gear and sent the products to Anhui.  One year later, in April, 2021, the Anhui Provincial Government, the Chinese Embassy in the U.S., the Anhui Equestrian Association, Dangshan County (Anhui) and the U-Play Factory in Anhui returned the favor, sending 100,000 masks to Maryland.


  • Tourism Promotion Delegation to Anhui (2018) – Maryland Sister State Committee Chair Steve Drake, Vice Chair Mark Xu, and five Marylanders who won a “lucky draw” during Maryland-Anhui Promotion Week earlier in the year traveled to Anhui Province and attended a tourism promotion conference and visited Huangshan (“Yellow Mountain”) – Anhui’s iconic and most famous tourist site.


  • Maryland-Anhui Promotion Week (2018) – The Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee, working with the Anhui Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a visit to Maryland by the largest-ever delegation from China – 125 citizens representing Anhui’s business, education, agriculture, arts/culture and provincial/local governments.  The  three-day event and associated meetings provided a stage and spotlight for Maryland and Anhui to showcase the very best from both jurisdictions.

On November 2018, Steven Drake and Mark Xu, Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee; Marylanders Vanessa Marcel, Heather Dellinger, and Jingwen Xu;  and Felicia Pullam, Regional Manager, East Asia and Investment Lead, with the Maryland Department of Commerce participated in the opening ceremony of the Huangshan International Travel Agencies’ Conference

The Maryland team, including Mark Xu and Steven Drake, with Director Li at the top of Huangshan Mountain.

On November 13, 2018, Steven Drake, Mark Xu, and Felicia Pullam toured Precedo.

On August 20th, 2019, the Anhui Equestrian Association visited Maryland in an educational exchange.


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.


Steve Drake – Chair, Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee

Mark Xu – Vice Chair, Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee

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