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Mayor Lee Attends Boao Forum

Edited excerpt from a Bellevue Reporter article by Celina Kareiva: 

Mayor Conrad Lee was among hundreds of world leaders who attended the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) from April 6 to 8 in Hainan, China, an assembly equivalent to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

BFA, now in its 13th year was attended by such figures as Bill Gates, Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Admiral Bill Owens. Lee has long encouraged business relations between China and Washington state.

“He always tries promoting Bellevue in the world,” said Mei Young, who founded Era Young to facilitate contacts between Chinese businesses and the city. She’s worked extensively with Lee on projects in the country.

“I think he saw the economy slowing down a couple of years ago, and saw that [we needed] some financial injection for our region…And given China’s booming economy…wanted to cultivate that relationship.”

Read more on Mayor Lee’s efforts to promote Bellevue as a hub for international business on the Bellevue Reporter, Wall Street Journal, and contextChina websites. 

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