“Together, we are a match.” -- California-China Office of Trade and Investment opens in Shanghai

California Governor Jerry Brown arrived at his third stop of his China visit- Shanghai, where he unveiled the new California-China Office of Trade and Investment at the Grand Opening Ceremony at Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC) Auditorium on April 12.

125 US government officials and business leaders attended the ceremony with Brown. Referred to by Mark Rossi, Chair of California Jobs and Economic Development as a “task master” who played a pivotal role in re-establishing California’s official trade and investment presence in China, Brown gave a short but humor-infused speech in which he recalled the Shanghai Communique that opened the doors of friendship between China and the United States, the spirit of which is being carried on with the opening of the trade office.

California Governor Jerry Brown unveils the seal of the California-China Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai on April 12. Photo: Sino-Us.com

California welcomes the Chinese investment “even more” than the rest of America. “I want that to be very clear.” Brown said. He also highlighted three areas that California and China should collaborate- business, art and political thinking. Furthermore, on the environmental front, which is one of the focus points of Brown’s agenda, he also listed three key areas that the two sides should work together: renewable energy, electric cars and high-speed rail.

Following his speech was the unveiling ceremony, which marked the official opening of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment, and the signing ceremony in which over $ 320 million worth of business deals were signed. Adding to the 1.5 billion-dollar partnership announced a couple days ago in Beijing, Brown’s China visit has already secured almost two billion dollars’ investment in three day’s time.

In the beginning of the opening ceremony, Califonia Senator Dianne Feinstein, who sent her congratulations via a pre-recorded video, said she was glad that Shanghai is the home of California’s first trade office, which will “build on the powerful and unique partnership between California and China” and help make the 21st century “the century of the Pacific.”

US ambassador Gary Locke also sent his greetings in a video. “Growing our trade relationship and attracting investment to the United States is one of my top priorities as US ambassador.” Locke said, “That’s why I am so enthusiastic about today’s California-China Trade and Investment office opening.”

US ambassador Gary Locke passed on a video message to the California delegation during the opening ceremony of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment on April 12. Photo: Sino-US.com

“I hope this office will not only introduce quality California goods and service to the Chinese market, but it will also help Chinese investors find top notch investment opportunities in one of our most dynamic states.” Locke’s words were later echoed by Robert Griffiths, Consul General of the US Consulate in Shanghai. Griffiths, who speaks good Chinese, added that the “win-win benefits the office will create for Californians and Chinese alike, highlight the importance of real grass-roots engagement to the overall US-China relationship.”

California Governor Jerry Brown and Visit California president and CEO, Caroline Beteta pushing down the launching button together at the Visit California Consumer Campaign press conference on April 12 in Shanghai. Photo: Sino-Us.com

Later in the afternoon, Brown attended the press conference of Visit California Consumer Campaign and launched the campaign with Visit California president and CEO, Caroline Beteta. Also announced on the press conference was the first California tourism ambassador: Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan who appeared in a video clip promoting California as a tourist destination. The star power of Gao and the power of Sina Weibo, China’s top social digital media will be combined to attract more Chinese tourists to California.



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