Jerry Brown to lead trade mission to China

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Jerry Brown and Xi Jinping

California Governor Jerry Brown and China’s Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping (Photo: Ca.Gov)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown will lead a trade mission to China this spring to promote California businesses and strengthen ties with the world’s second largest economy.

The governor announced the trip during his State of the State address Thursday. He is expected to lead a delegation of about 50 business, economic development and policy leaders for the mission, scheduled April 8-15.

The trip is being organized by the Bay Area Council, a business group, and will focus on reopening California’s trade office in Shanghai, which closed in 2003.

The delegation also is expected to stop in Beijing and other cities to promote clean energy, entrepreneurialism and California products and tourism.

Brown announced his intention to visit China last year when he welcomed Chinese leader Xi Jinping to California.

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