FRAMINGHAM – Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis recently returned from a bipartisan legislative trip to Beijing, China.
Lewis, the only member of the delegation from New England, joined six others in five days of discussions with senior Chinese leaders, US Embassy officials, and young Chinese political leaders and entrepreneurs.
“It was a great honor to represent Ashland and Framingham, but also the larger Commonwealth and region, in conversations about current US-China trade relations and international efforts to fight poverty, expand environmental protections, and better understand emerging technologies,” Rep. Lewis said.
“While many of our meetings were about very broad topics, we also explored similar topics facing Massachusetts including the importance of trade schools, efforts to decrease pollution, and youth leadership development.” said Rep. Lewis.
The delegation engaged in conversations with government leaders, including Terry Brandstad (US Ambassador to China), Zheng Zeguang (Vice Foreign Minister of China), Wang Zhigang (Minister of Science and Technology), He Junke (First Secretary of the Central Committee and China Youth League), and Liu Junchen (Vice Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress), along with major business leaders, including Liu Yang (Chairman of the Zhongrong International Trust Fund) and Li Wei (Head of North America and Oceania Institute.
Rep. Lewis led the delegation’s meeting with Vice Foreign Minister Zeguang. Issues discussed included efforts to further support working families, improve air and water quality, and combat economic inequality.
“I also had the great to opportunity to promote Massachusetts tourism during my stay,” said Lewis. “MetroWest Boston has a great number of historic and cultural sites to visit, and I am always happy to champion the region.”
According to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, in 2016 a record number of 230,000 Chinese tourists visited the area, spending a total of $273 million locally. Our region welcomes three times the number of
visitors from China than the United Kingdom, the next greatest source of visitors.
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