May 22, 2014
BROOKLYN, NY, May 22, 2014: Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced that he is leading a small delegation, including Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, small business owners and local Chinese-American leaders, on a visit to China, leaving today and returning on Sunday, June 1st. The purpose of the tour is to mutually promote economic development and tourism between Brooklyn and China, which will include the signing of sister city agreements with Yiwu and the Chaoyang district of Beijing as well as the progression of discussions with government officials regarding bringing a friendship arch to Sunset Park, potentially the first-such landmark in New York City.
“I am honored to represent Brooklyn and its great diversity to the people of China, and I look forward to a visit of mutual benefit,” said Borough President Adams. “Opportunities such as these affirm our borough’s valued place on the global stage, as we have become an attractive partner for economic trade, cultural exchange and so much more. This trip will also underscore the deep importance of our own Chinese community and their contributions to our One Brooklyn family, particularly as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In that spirit, I am confident that this will bring Brooklyn one step closer to New York City’s first friendship arch, a true milestone to cement the relationship between our two peoples.”
Borough President Adams and his delegation will be visiting the cities of Yiwu, the Putuo district of Shanghai, the Chaoyang district of Beijing, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Taishan and Hong Kong. In addition to their aforementioned plans, their itinerary includes tours of local schools and tourism promotion-related events.
New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia. Based on data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bensonhurst and Sunset Park have the largest Chinese-born populations in the city. According to a report by the City’s Department of City Planning, Chinese New Yorkers are, at present rates, set to become the city’s largest immigrant group within a few years.