EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Mayor Brad Cohen and East Brunswick Board of Education member Liwu Hong will be joining Marlboro representatives Terry Lau and Connie Mo as part of a delegation from Central New Jersey visiting the People's Republic of China. The group was invited to meet representatives from Pengjiang, Jiangmen City located in southern China (west of Hong Kong).

Jiangmen Province is home to 4.5 million residents and the area has seen rapid growth in its information technology sector. The region is host to many companies seeking opportunities in the United States. They have identified Central New Jersey as an area of interest due to its central location between two large markets, large educated work force, large Asian population, good schools, and proximity to great universities.

The purpose of the trip is to strengthen ties, promote friendship, identify economic and trade contacts, foster scientific and technological cooperation, and to encourage tourism. In addition, the delegation will exchange information related to education, healthcare, transportation, and culture.

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Mayor Cohen sees this exchange as a chance to provide economic opportunities to the residents of East Brunswick in the form of jobs. This fits directly in to his vision for Redevelopment of the Route 18 corridor as the success and sustainability of such development will depend on the extent that it can be tied to arts, culture, technology, and innovation.

The group will be leaving June 7, 2018. None of the costs are paid for with taxpayer dollars.