Local Mayors Attending White House China Dinner

By The Associated Press
|  Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011  |  Updated 7:00 AM PDT
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Local Mayors Attending White House China Dinner

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The newly inaugurated Chinese-American mayors of San Francisco and Oakland will be guests at Wednesday's White House state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Francis Tsang, a spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, says the mayor will fly to Washington tomorrow morning to attend the black-tie gala along with Mayor Jean Quan of neighboring
 Oakland.

The longtime friends each made political history when they took office earlier this month.

Lee is the first Asian-American to lead San Francisco, which is roughly one-third Asian. Quan, meanwhile, is the first Asian-American woman at the helm of a major U.S. city.

Tsang says the pair already were scheduled to be in Washington this week to attend a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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