Pols del­e­ga­tion to visit China

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By AMY HE in New York amyhe@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

An eight-per­son del­e­ga­tion of “up and com­ing” US po­lit­i­cal lead­ers will be mak­ing a 10-day trip to China for pol­icy and business ex­change, hosted by the China-US Ex­change Foun­da­tion.

The del­e­ga­tion will be in China from Dec 7-16 with the China-US Ex­change Foun­da­tion (CUSEF), vis­it­ing Beijing, Chengdu, and Shang­hai, where they will meet with Chi­nese gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, business lead­ers and aca­demics.

“CUSEF is hon­ored and priv­i­leged to host such a dis­tin­guished group of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers from the US to visit China,” said Alan Wong, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of CUSEF, in a state­ment. “US-China re­la­tions are the most im­por­tant bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in the world, and CUSEF is com­mit­ted to fa­cil­i­tat­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of our two peo­ples.”

Among the del­e­gates are Re­becca Kleefisch, lieu­tenant gov­er­nor of Wis­con­sin; Cyrus Habib, state rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Wash­ing­ton; Clarice Navarro, state rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Colorado; Brid­get Gainer, com­mis­sioner of Cook County, Illi­nois; Michael Copeland, mayor of Olathe, Kansas; Tishaura Jones, trea­surer of St Louis; and Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis, state assem­bly­woman of New York. The eighth mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion has not been named.

Kleefisch will be lead­ing the group, rep­re­sent­ing Wis­con­sin on the mis­sion.

“We want to send Wis­con­sin prod­ucts, not Wis­con­sin jobs, to China and this re­la­tion­ship-build­ing mis­sion is an op­por­tu­nity to open new doors for our ex­ports,” she said. “I look for­ward to mak­ing new con­nec­tions and re­new­ing cur­rent ties with lead­ers in gov­ern­ment, business and academia in th­ese three key ci­ties.”

Mal­lio­takis, rep­re­sent­ing New York, said the visit would give her a chance to learn more about US-China ties.

“Our re­la­tion­ship with China is one of the most im­por­tant, yet frag­ile, in the geopo­lit­i­cal world,” she said. “This is a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween China and the United States in a global econ­omy and ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties to bring Amer­i­can prod­ucts to one of the world’s largest and fastest grow­ing mar­kets.”

Mal­lio­takis said that she would like to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of China’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and hightech re­search cen­ters, as well as the ci­ties’ use of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment zones to at­tract busi­nesses and cre­ate jobs.

“The trip is de­signed to help law­mak­ers learn more about the myr­iad of is­sues that face the two na­tions and pro­mote com­mu­ni­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing be­tween the peo­ple of China and the United States,” Paul Mar­rone, chief of staff for Mal­lio­takis, told China Daily.

The del­e­ga­tion will be vis­it­ing Zhong Guan­cun High-Tech Park in Beijing, where a num­ber of US tech com­pa­nies — like Google, In­tel, Mi­crosoft — have a pres­ence. The group will also tour Chi­nese web gi­ant Baidu’s head­quar­ters in Beijing’s Haid­ian Dis­trict and visit schools in Shang­hai and Chengdu.

“We have great ex­pec­ta­tions that this del­e­ga­tion, through their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence gained from this trip and their re­spec­tive lead­er­ship po­si­tions, will make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to­ward the bet­ter­ment of that re­la­tion­ship,” said Wong of CUSEF.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis, assem­bly woman in New York, will be part of an eight-mem­ber US del­e­ga­tion go­ing on a 10day trip to China, or­ga­nized by the China-US Ex­change Foun­da­tion.

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