By Katherine Boyce
NCSL was pleased to welcome a senior provincial delegation from China to our Executive Committee meeting in Minneapolis in May, part of NCSL’s long-term, ongoing relationship with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
The study tour included individuals from Beijing and Shaanxi, which is the Sister State of Minnesota. The delegation was led by Xie Yuan, vice president of CPAFFC.
The Chinese delegates joined Executive Committee members at the International Relations Task Force meeting.
There they heard from Patti Cullen of Care Providers of Minnesota about the spectrum of care and living facilities available for seniors in Minnesota, and from the Director of Explore Minnesota, John Edman, about Minnesota tourism’s international marketing efforts. They also were briefed by NCSL’s Lee Posey on an upcoming report from NCSL’s International Education Group.
The delegation was received by Governor Mark Dayton at his residence. They viewed democracy in action in the Minnesota House of Representatives as the House voted on numerous bills in the final days of its session, and were greeted by Majority Leader Joyce Peppin. Pictured, from left, Jiang Yingshan, Xie Yuan, Dayton, Wang Yali and Song Ming
The group then headed to the Senate for a discussion about legislative processes in the U.S. and China. They met with a bipartisan group of 10 senators led by Senate President Sandy Pappas. Pictured from left, Consul Li Han, Jiang Yingshan, Senator Carla Nelson, Senator Jim Abeler, Wang Yali, Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, Xie Yuan, Senator Jeremy Miller, Pappas, Senator Bruce Anderson, Song Ming, Senator Michelle Benson, Consul Xu Shuhong, Senator Foung Hawj. Senator Patricia Torres Ray met with the group but is not pictured.
On Saturday, delegation members met with staff and faculty of the University of Minnesota’s China Center and were grateful to be received at the beautiful lakeside residence of Kaimay Yuan Terry and Dr. Joseph Terry.
NCSL looks forward to continuing to expand international legislative exchanges with China.
Katherine Boyce is a policy associate in the NCSL International Program based in Washington, D.C. office.