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Gov. Jerry Brown details his upcoming China trip

April 03, 2013|By Anthony York

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced details of his planned trip to China, where he's to spend next week promoting environmental protection, opening a new state trade office and looking for Chinese investments in California companies.

"We're going to facilitate billions of dollars of investments ..." Brown predicted during a speech to the California Trucking Assn. in Sacramento. "Not overnight, but over time."

To help in that effort, Brown is to be in Shanghai on April 12 for the opening of a new state trade and investment office -- the first such foreign outpost California has opened since shuttering a dozen such facilities around the globe a decade ago.

Brown is also to sign a series of environmental agreements with Chinese officials, and ride a bullet train from Beijing to Nanjing. The governor has made a high-speed train a centerpiece of his long-term vision for the state.

The governor and a contingent of business leaders traveling with him, including executives of green energy companies, agriculture producers and some of Brown's largest political donors, are also scheduled to visit the southern Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen during the trip.

Government officials on the trip include the head of the state’s Environmental Protection Agency and leaders from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The governor's wife, Anne, will also accompany him.

Watch PolitiCal for coverage of the trip, beginning April 8.


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