Rio de Janeiro and Beijing became sister cities on November 24, 1986. This alliance most recently paid off in June, during a symposium in Brazil, where both cities agreed to exchange experiences in hosting large-scale vents, such as the Olympics.
From August 5 to 21 in 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host the first ever Olympic Games in South America. The event is expected to draw some 10,500 athletes from 206 countries.
Beijing, meanwhile, has been selected by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2022 winter games. China’s capital will hold events on ice, while those that require snow will be held in Zhangjiakou, some 190 km away.
Beijing has sister-city partnerships with many capital cities throughout Latin America, including Buenos Aires, Argentina, since 1993; Lima, Peru, since 1983; Santiago, Chile, since 2007; Havana, Cuba, since 2005; and Mexico City since 2009.
Sister-city partnerships were first proposed by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower following World War II, as a means to promote the development of urban centers and foster greater understanding between people in different parts of the world.