Malliotakis reflects on 10-day trip to China

December 30, 2014 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is happy to be home after a 10-day U.S. delegation visit to China, having been chosen by the China-U.S. Foreign Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) as one of eight “up and coming leaders” in American government.

“Our relationship with China is one of the most important bilateral relationships in world, with the countries conducting $600 billion in annual trade,” stressed the Staten Island and South Brooklyn politician. “This was a unique opportunity to examine the interaction between China and the United States in a global economy, the growing opportunities to bring American products and services to one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets, and the nation’s rigorous education system.”

Those opportunities, she said, are only growing.

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“There is a growing opportunity for American companies to market their products and services in the developing nation due to the recent increases in purchasing power and rate of consumption,” Malliotakis said, stressing the country’s clear desire for America’s innovative products.

“Despite China’s advancement in many areas,” she went on, “there are still many challenges that need to be addressed, such as problems with their justice system, lack of intellectual property rights, stifling regulations that place limitations on foreign companies looking to expand in their market, and most commonly known – its history of human rights violations.”

The local pol told this paper that she thinks the States’ relationship with China is among the most important and most beneficial.

“This visit was a big deal,” she said. “This relationship is a big deal.”

Malliotakis was the only participant from the Northeast region selected for the visit, which was privately funded at no cost to taxpayers.

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