When in China…

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser led a District delegation to China this week on an economic development trade mission. The delegation included District officials and community leaders. Following is a report-out from the Mayor on the trip.

Since we touched down in Beijing one week ago, we’ve been on a whirlwind tour.

Meeting with public officials (like the Mayor of Beijing, pictured here)…

Getting inspired by entrepreneurs and startups through InvestDC…..

And seeing Chinese school kids in action. Aren’t they cute??

In the past 6 days, our delegation has had one singular focus — tapping into the best that China has to offer on behalf of the District and our residents.

The Washington Post recently flagged that DC needs to do more business abroad:

I agree. And that’s why we’re here.

China has the world’s largest population and the second largest economy. DC has a pretty good track record attracting Chinese dollars to the District, and Chinese tourists flock to our city every year, spending hundreds of millions of dollars into our local economy.

But we can do even more.

They say the proof is in the pudding. Well, how about this pudding. This week, I announced that China will commit $155 million to two major DC developments — The Wharf and Skyland Center — which will create hundreds of jobs for District residents.

Here I am holding a REALLY big check for $100,000,000 that will help create jobs AND affordable housing at the Wharf.

But trade is about more than just dollars. It’s also about ideas and innovation. There’s a lot that we can learn from China, and there’s a lot they can learn from the best city in the world. That’s why I was so pleased to be here for the launch of a new pediatric center.

This joint effort between our Children’s hospital and Shanghai’s Children’s Hospital will enable us to share ideas — so that we can provide the best possible care for kids when they get sick.

These are just a couple highlights of our time abroad. We also renewed our Sister City Agreement with Beijing, met with the Chairman of the largest commercial property company and the world’s largest cinema chain operator, and caught up with U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus.

I want to thank the members of my team who came over with me, and I thank the members of our community who represented DC so well.

We’ve had a great trip. But our work doesn’t end here. We will continue to strengthen ties with China and build relationships abroad. We will continue to identify opportunities to attract investment in the District. And we will continue to create more pathways to the middle class for our residents.