The sister city concept evolved from President Eisenhower's "People-to-People" program, established in 1956 to lessen the chance of future world conflicts and to involve people from all walks of life in personal diplomacy.
- Over 675 communities in the United States, representing thousands of Americans, have established sister city links with counterparts around the world.
- The sister cities concept is embodied in Sister Cities International, a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
- The City of Bellevue works closely with the Bellevue Sister Cities Association, a nonprofit organization, to further the goals of Sister Cities International.
Bellevue has four sister cities, in Taiwan, Japan, the Czech Republic and Latvia. Separately, Bellevue has international trade cooperation efforts underway with cities in China and India. These international efforts enrich the cultural and business profile of our city, and they provide a meaningful connection between Bellevue's richly diverse population and numerous areas across the globe.
The Bellevue Sister Cities Association offers more information and calendar updates.