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Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to boost ties with China
April 04, 2013, 05:00 AM The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown will promote California to Chinese investors and seek to expand the state's economic ties in a visit to China next week.

On Wednesday, his office released details of the six-day trip, which will include stops in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The Democratic governor will be accompanied by about 75 business and policy leaders from California.

They will open a California trade and investment office in Shanghai that is being funded with private money by the Bay Area Council, a group of business leaders from the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley areas that helped organize the trip.

The trade office will be the first official presence there for the state since California closed its two Chinese trade offices in 2003.

Brown and other officials also will visit electric car-maker BYD Co. in the southern city of Shenzhen, a center for business and technology near Hong Kong. American investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Corp. owns a 10 percent stake in BYD, which also makes charging systems, solar panels and LED lighting and opened its North American headquarters in Los Angeles in 2011.

They will meet with China's minister of commerce, the U.S. ambassador to China and other officials.

Brown will also use the trip to ride China's advanced high-speed rail system as he promotes the state's own plans for a bullet train. He'll be accompanied by the chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board, Dan Richard.

Brown's office has not said how much the trip will cost.


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