Gov. Jerry Brown had a clear message for Chinese companies as he prepares for his week-long trip to the Middle Kingdom next week: California wants your money.
“They’ve got billions of dollars,” Brown said. “I'd like to get as much for California as we could.”
That includes pursuit of Chinese government and business investment in everything from clean-tech companies to the state’s $68-billion bullet train. Brown will help open a new state trade office in Shanghai, the first of its kind since the state shuttered 12 outposts around the globe a decade ago, to help promote such investment.
Along the way, Brown will ride the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai, joined by the head of the state’s high-speed rail authority.
There was just a hint of longing as Brown discussed China’s booming economic growth, marked by massive infrastructure projects including more than 5,000 miles of new high-speed railways, and made possible in part by China’s one-party political system.