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New York Assembly Republicans on ‘Friendship Delegation’ visit to China

Several Republican members of the state Legislature are making surprise visits to meet with Chinese Communist Party officials.

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay is among several New York Republicans posing for a photo with a banner that reads “New York State Congress and Business Friendship Delegation to China.” I was there.

“The Congressional delegation was scheduled to meet with foreign ministers, senior officials, economic development and education officials,” Berkeley spokesman Mike Fraser told the Post.


William Barclay (fifth from right) was one of many New York Republicans holding a banner that read “New York State Congress and Business Friendship Delegation to China.” Chugoku Shimbun

Fraser said the trip was paid for by the American Chinese Business Association.

“New York City is home to the largest Chinese American population in the United States, and thousands of Americans travel to the Far East every day,” Fraser said.

“The visit to one of the world's largest economies was an opportunity for state representatives to speak directly with international representatives.”


A parliamentary delegation will meet with foreign ministers, senior officials, economic development and education officials, the spokesperson said.
Parliamentary Minority Leader Will Barclay (left) said the parliamentary delegation will meet with foreign ministers, senior officials and economic development and education officials. Gao Weiwei / Weibo

The delegation included Brooklyn Reps. Lester Chan and Michael Novahoff, and Staten Island Rep. Sam Pirozzolo, all Republicans.

The U.S. State Department did not respond to a request for comment on the visit.

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