WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is preparing for the first major overseas trip of her tenure — a trade mission to China.

Bowser will depart Saturday for the weeklong trip. She will visit Beijing and Shanghai.

The Democratic mayor, who took office in January, is leading a delegation of 40 people, including 32 people from the private and nonprofit sectors. The delegation includes campaign contributors and other political supporters of the Democratic mayor, who took office in January. Bowser tells WRC-TV that anyone who’s not in the government will be “paying their own way.”

Bowser says the trip is important to bolster Chinese investment and tourism in the nation’s capital.

Her predecessor, Vincent Gray, made two trips to China during his four-year tenure.

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