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Does Being 'Sister Cities' Really Mean Anything?

As with actual siblings, there's no one way to define the relationship.
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There's a bit of a sibling squabble breaking out in Chennai, India. Chennai has two American sister cities, Denver and San Antonio, but the relationship exists "only on paper," according to a report earlier this month in the Times of India. City leaders told the Times they had not arranged any recent delegations between the cities, nor had they adopted any civic programs from their far-flung partners.

"Frankly, we do not believe that it enhances our profile," one Chennai official said of the sister cities arrangements.