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in Riverside, helped revive the idea of a sister city in his native country in 2012. He personally met with veterans TM groups in the past year and a half to build support for the plan.

Can Tho, a city of about 1.2 million people in southwestern Vietnam, is a major rice producer and home to a university and medical college.

Riverside was among the earliest participants in the sister city program, which was created in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to foster cultural, educational and economic exchange between countries. Riverside formed ties with Sendai, Japan, in 1957 and has since added sister cities in South Korea, China, India, Ghana and Germany, and two in Mexico.

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Mayor William Rusty Bailey has said his office spends about $10,000 on the sister city program annually, but most other costs are borne by the International Relations Council, a private nonprofit group that oversees the friendships and raises money for related events and travel.

Some opponents remained steadfast, with one calling the proposal a slap in the face to Nike Air Vapormax New veterans. already trades with Vietnam and plenty of exchange students are able to go back and forth.

But other veterans opposed the move, arguing that Vietnam has still has a communist government, has been criticized for its human rights record and has problems with human trafficking.

The vote was 4 3. Councilmen Chris Mac Arthur, Steve Adams and Mike Soubirous dissented.

The purpose is to promote peace and common understanding, said Bill Gavitt, a Vietnam veteran. It's time to start helping others if we want to change their behavior.

We don't need sister cityhood to embrace the world, to live in peace and to honor God, he said. I believe in honoring our veterans . who made it possible for this nation to be free today.

The decision came after lengthy and impassioned public comments on the goals of the sister city program and whether having such a relationship in Vietnam would disrespect American veterans.

cultural and educational exchange and economic development between American cities and their foreign friends.

GLOBAL REACH: Riverside has sister city relationships with Sendai, Japan; Ensenada and Cuautla, Mexico; Obuasi, Ghana; Hyderabad, India; Gangnam, South Korea; Jiangmen, China; and Erlangen, Germany.

We have every reason to hate communism, he said, describing how his family was rescued by American soldiers during the war. I will never forget the past, but the past will not determine my future.

Vien Doan, a Vietnamese American physician who lives Adidas Sweatshirt White

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But ultimately the majority of the council agreed with Army veteran Alex Candelaria, who said, We've had enough killing, and we need to give up this hatred and bitterness and replace it with learning about each other.

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Supporters cite a center Sendai TMs Tohoku University created at UC Riverside and the relocation to Riverside of panel maker SolarMax as positive outcomes of the sister city program.

The ideas of people to people relationships and healing after war won out Tuesday, March 18, when the Riverside City Council narrowly voted to add Can Tho, Vietnam, as its ninth sister city.

Soubirous said most of his constituents were against the plan, and he questioned why Riverside has no sister cities in Central or South America, Canada or western Asia.

Riverside will add Can Tho, Vietnam, to its already large Adidas Sweatshirts Red

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SIX DECADES: President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the sister city program in 1956 to encourage Adidas Khaki Hoodie

collection of sister cities. Here are some facts about the program.

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