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Video shows Gillibrand speaking Mandarin to reporter

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize Dueling town halls represent high stakes for Trump MORE (D-N.Y.), who is running for president in 2020, greeted a Voice of America News reporter in Mandarin.

A video of the exchange has been viewed over 180,000 times since it was posted on Saturday afternoon.

The New York senator, who studied abroad in Taiwan and China while she was an Asian studies major at Dartmouth University, is known to be conversational in Mandarin. In the video, Gillibrand introduces herself by her Chinese name, Lu Tian Na.

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Her language skills impressed Chinese-American voters in New York ahead of a key election, according to a 2009 New York Times profile of the senator.

The viral clip comes after a similar interaction between South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE and a Norwegian reporter.

Buttigieg, who is expected to formally announce his 2020 campaign this month, reportedly speaks seven languages in addition to English: French, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Arabic, Maltese and Dari.

Gillibrand’s campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.