SEATTLE – Moving to further strengthen economic, trade and environmental collaboration with China, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will co-chair the Third U.S.-China Governors Forum and later join participants at a meeting with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday in Seattle, Washington.
The forum will include a bipartisan group of five U.S. governors – Governor Jerry Brown (D-California), Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa), Governor Kate Brown (D-Oregon) and Governor Jay Inslee (D-Washington) – and Sichuan Party Secretary Wang Dongming, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun, Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan, Zhejiang Governor Li Qiang, Shandong Governor Guo Shuqing and Shaanxi Governor Lou Qinjian.
Participants will meet privately with President Xi later in the afternoon.
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015. The day’s events will begin at approx. 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Westin Seattle Hotel, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
**NOTE: Media coverage of the forum will be pooled. Additional information regarding the press pool will be forthcoming.
The forum and meeting follow significant diplomatic and business exchanges between California and China since Governor Brown took office, including a Trade and Investment Mission to China, the opening of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai, and meetings between Governor Brown and President Xi during his visit to California as then-Vice President of China in February 2012 and again as President in June 2013.
Earlier this week, Governor Brown delivered a keynote address at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles and announced the first cities – Los Angeles and Zhenjiang – to endorse the Under 2 MOU climate agreement and the renewal of a landmark pact between California and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which oversees China’s efforts to address climate change and much of the government’s economic strategy.