SHANGHAI, CHINA – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. opened the California-China Office of Trade and Investment – the state’s first foreign trade office in a decade – and spoke at Visit California’s news conference Friday in Shanghai.
Today’s office opening followed remarks at Tsinghua University, meetings with China’s Premier, Minister of Commerce, Minister of Environmental Protection, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, a forum with the American Chamber of Commerce – Beijing and a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing with the U.S. Ambassador to China earlier this week.
Governor Brown will meet with Shanghai’s Party Secretary, Han Zheng, on Saturday.
In addition to stops in Beijing and Shanghai, the trade and investment mission will include events in Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen through Tuesday, April 16th.
Joining the Governor on the trade and investment mission is a delegation organized by the Bay Area Council that includes approximately 90 business, economic development, investment and policy leaders from throughout California. Senior administration officials are also accompanying the delegation.
The Governor’s trade and investment mission follows more than a year of significant diplomatic and business exchanges between the State of California and China. In February 2012, Governor Brown welcomed His Excellency Xi Jinping, then-Vice President, and now President of China, to California. During the visit, Governor Brown announced his intention to visit China, open a trade and investment office and form a China-California Joint Task Force to drive more collaboration, investment and trade between California and China. Later in 2012, the Brown administration convened the inaugural Joint Economic Committee between California and China’s Jiangsu Province, hosted a Chinese delegation led by the Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Commerce and met with a Chinese delegation led by Deputy Governor Xia Geng of China’s Shandong Province.
Photo captions can be found below:
1.) Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivers remarks at the opening of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai.
2.) First Lady Anne Gust Brown and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. present the seal of the new California-China Office of Trade and Investment.
3.) Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Caroline Beteta, President and CEO of Visit California, at Visit California’s “California Dreamers” reception and press conference.
For high resolution copies of these photos please contact Samuel Chiu, Office of the Governor at Sam.Chiu@gov.ca.gov.
Photo Credit: Nova Wang