SHANGHAI, China -- Gov. Jerry Brown officially launched California's new trade and investment office here Friday, the first such office to open since the state shuttered a dozen outposts around the globe a decade ago.
To celebrate the opening, and give Brown something tangible to return home with, state officials announced four new partnerships between California and Chinese companies that they said were worth more than $200 million combined.
In brief remarks, Brown cited President Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972 to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. "We are continuing that history of breaking new ground and opening doors," he said.