Attorney General Tong Thanks Chinese Ambassador, Connecticut Chinese-Americans for Facilitating Largest Shipment Ever of Personal Protective Equipment to Connecticut
(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong today thanked Chinese Ambassador Huang Ping, the Consul General in New York, and Fairfield County based Chinese-Americans who worked jointly with the Attorney General and the Governor’s office to help facilitate today’s shipment of personal protective equipment to combat COVID-19.
“At the beginning of this crisis, as we were all scrambling to source PPE, I reached out to Ambassador Huang with the assistance of prominent Connecticut Chinese-Americans Andrew Mao, Sheldon Pang, and Michael Chen. Ambassador Huang had visited my office in Hartford shortly after I took office, and we were grateful for that initial outreach that led to our relationship and ability to call on him during this time of need. Working together, we were able to secure the largest ever shipment of PPE for first responders, healthcare workers, and people on the front lines of this crisis,” said Attorney General Tong. “I want to thank Governor Lamont, Commissioners David Lehman and Josh Geballe, and everyone else involved for their leadership and working quickly to put all of this together.”
Beginning in March, Attorney General Tong reached out to Ambassador Huang and the Chinese government seeking their assistance in procuring PPE. On April 2, Attorney General Tong and Governor Lamont wrote a joint letter to Ambassador Huang requesting assistance procuring PPE. A series of subsequent conversations and phone calls from Attorney General Tong, the Governor, and the Governor’s office, aided by Fairfield County business community leaders Andrew Mao, Sheldon Pang and Michael Chen, helped to facilitate today’s shipment—the largest Connecticut has received to date.