Located in the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is a historic center of steelmaking and manufacturing in the U.S., and has been a world leader in innovation for over 150 years. Following the decline of the American steel industry in the last century, Pittsburgh has adapted and become a model city of economic transition in the United States. The region has shifted to a high technology commercial base with pillar industries in biomedical technology, health care, computing, robotics, finance, and education. The city hosted the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting of heads of state in September, 2009. The Pittsburgh metro area has a population of 2.65 million, with 300,000 in the urban core, ranking it as the 20th largest metropolitan area in America. Pittsburgh is one of America’s best cities in public safety and consistently ranks as America’s Most Livable City. Owing to its achievements in technology, steel, bridges, and sports, these legacies have earned Pittsburgh the sobriquets of “Steel City,” “City of Bridges,” and “City of Champions”.
Seated on the fertile plain known as the “The Land of Abundance” with a population of 14 million, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and the epicenter of China’s great western region. Rated as one of the most livable cities in China, Chengdu is a city rooted in history but growing into the future. It is home to many industries including electronics, information technology, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, and food, and is also a rapidly developing center for metallurgy, building materials, chemicals, machinery, and automobiles. Chengdu is also a popular location for international companies and consulates. By the end of 2014, a total of 283 Fortune 500 companies had established branches in Chengdu due to western China’s rapid development.