SAN FRANCISCO – Working to further bolster California’s relationship with China, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today met with Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, Qiu Shaofang, and Governor of Jiangsu Province, Li Xueyong.
Today’s talks build on the Governor’s meeting with Consul General Qiu earlier this month in Palm Springs and a visit to Jiangsu province – California’s sister-state – during the Governor’s Trade and Investment Mission to China in April.
In Jiangsu Province, Governor Brown met with Jiangsu’s Party Secretary and signed an agreement to boost collaboration on climate change, technology, education and tourism. That agreement expanded on the partnership established in February 2012 when the Governor met with the Jiangsu Party Secretary during then-Vice President Xi’s visit to Los Angeles. Later in 2012, the administration hosted Jiangsu government officials in Sacramento to convene the inaugural Jiangsu-California Joint Economic Committee.
While traveling in China, Governor Brown met with China’s Premier, China’s Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, top government officials from Shenzhen, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Shanghai and China’s Ministers of Commerce and Environmental Protection, signing the first agreements ever between a subnational entity and Chinese Ministries. The Governor also opened the California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai, delivered remarks on climate change at Tsinghua University in Beijing, met with the U.S. Ambassador to China at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and spoke at forums hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce – South China and American Chamber of Commerce – Beijing.
Earlier this month, the Governor also met with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China in Rancho Mirage and Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco, Yuan Nansheng, in Sacramento.
During President Xi’s recent visit to California, Governor Brown also met with a number of other Chinese government officials, including: National Development and Reform Commission Chairman Xu Shaoshi, National Development and Reform Commission Deputy Director Liu He, Ministry of Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai.