China 2013 Trade Mission

In April 2013, Governor Brown and GO-Biz led a Trade Mission to China where we announced over $1.8 billion dollars in deals and opened a California foreign trade office in Shanghai – the first in over a decade.

In a dramatic transformation of world economic power over the past decade, China has become the nation with the greatest potential for growth of cross-border trade and investment with California.

We also see strong potential for sharing policy and technology innovation on a wide range of issues from energy efficiency and to food safety.

Greater China represents:
  • $143 billion in two-way merchandise sales

  • Billions of dollars in services sales

  • Tens of billions of dollars in prospective foreign investment

  • Nearly $180 billion in two-way seaborne and airborne shipping

For more statistics, please see our 2013 Datasheet on California's International Economy

In September 2012, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2012, authored by Speaker John A. Pérez.

The bill made GO-Biz the lead state agency for international trade and investment activities. This includes creating international trade and investment offices outside of the United States, and accepting private donations for those purposes.

Governor Brown chose to open the first office in China, based on the economic potential outlined in the sidebar and the report linked below.

In October, GO-Biz signed a partnership agreement with the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco-headquartered nonprofit business organization, to operate a California Trade and Investment office in Shanghai and organize trade and investment missions to China. Governor Brown announced during his State of the State address in January 2013 that he would head the first such mission to open the office in April 2013.

The new office provides Californian companies increased access to Chinese business contacts, provide Chinese investors with access to California projects that will benefit from increased investment and will continue to facilitate new investment and trade growth between California and China.

GO-Biz is required to list all donations for the operation of the office and related activities. For the current list, please refer to our donor page.

For more information on opening of the China office, please see our March 2013 report to the Legislature:

Establishment of a California-China Office of Trade and Investment
One page summary 
Full report

News from Gov. Brown's 2013 Trade Mission to China

2013 GO-Biz Factsheet - CA Trade and Investment 

4-25-13 - News: CAFWD: California Economy gets big boost after Governor’s trip to China 

4-18-13 - News: ABC 10: 6 takeaways from Brown's mission to China
 

4-17-13 - News: Los Angeles Times: Jerry Brown caps China trip with factory deal

4-17-13 - News: Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown ends China trip at ease with diplomacy, his role abroad 

4-17-13 - News: Los Angeles Times: Trip with Gov. Brown lets L.A. executive reconnect with China 

4-17-13 - News: Los Angeles Times: Chinese firm to open bus factory in Lancaster 

4-16-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown Meets with Shenzhen Party Secretary, Tours Electric Vehicle Manufacturer on Last Leg of China Trade and Investment Mission

4-16-13 - News: Sacramento Bee: Brown administration signs carbon-reduction agreement in China 

4-16-13 - News: ABC 10: California needs cleaner China, says Brown 

4-16-13 - News: Sacramento Bee: Chinese markets are a work in progress for California agribusiness 

4-15-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown Commits to Expanding Cooperation on Trade, Investment and Climate Change with China's Largest Provincial Economy

4-15-13 - News: China Daily: China cast in role of tourism hero 

4-15-13 - News: China Daily: California, Jiangsu strengthen ties 

4-15-13 - News: China Daily: California opens Shanghai trade office 

4-15-13 - News: Los Angeles Times: California pledges environmental cooperation with China province

4-15-13 - News: Los Angeles Times: Gov. Jerry Brown says goodbye to China delegation 

4-15-13 - News: Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown toasts delegates on last night in China 

4-14-13 - News: ABC 10: Podcast: Courting China 

4-14-13 - Press Release: Photo Release: GO-Biz Director Kish Rajan Signs MOU

4-14-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: California Strengthens Partnership with Sister-State in China

4-13-13 - News: ABC 10: Governor toasts Shanghai with Yao Ming 

4-13-13 - News: LA Times: Jerry Brown gets assist from Yao Ming during Shanghai river cruise 

4-13-13 - VIDEO: Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown meets Yao Ming, cruises Huangpu River 

4-13-13 - Photo Release: GO-Biz: GO-Biz Director Kish Rajan Signs MOU

4-13-13 - Fact Sheet: GO-Biz: Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation between the Management Committee of Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park and California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

4-12-13 - Blog: Karen Ross, California Agriculture Secretary: 'Shanghai – an Excellent Market for California Agriculture'

4-12-13 - Photo Release: Governor's Office: Photo Release: Governor Brown Meets with Shanghai's Party Secretary

4-12-13 - Photo Release: Governor Brown's Trade and Investment Mission in Shanghai

4-11-13 - News: NTD Television: California Governor in China to Promote Trade Ties' 

4-11-13 - Press Release: California Opens Trade and Investment Office in China

4-11-13 - Photo Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown Meets with China's Premier 

4-11-13 - Fact Sheet: 'California and China: Partners in Trade, Investment, Tourism and Agriculture'

4-11-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown Calls for Shared Commitment on Climate Change in Remarks at Tsinghua University 

4-10-13 - Photo Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown Kicks Off Trade and Investment Mission to China 

4-10-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown Joins Ambassador Locke at U.S. Embassy Reception, Announces $1.5 Billion China-California Investment Deal 

4-10-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown Signs First-of-its-Kind Agreement with China's Minister of Environmental Protection to Help Improve Air Quality

4-9-13 - News: KVML: 'Brown Goes To China'

4-9-13 - News: KUSI: 'California Wines Get A Boost From Governor Brown's China Trade Mission'

4-9-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown and Ministry of Commerce Partner to Boost Bilateral Trade and Investment

4-9-13 - Video: ABC News: 'California Trade Mission to China Off and Running'

4-9-13 - Blog: Karen Ross, California Agriculture Secretary: 'California and China: Growing Together'

4-8-13 - Media Advisory: Governor's Office: UPDATED: Governor Brown to Lead Trade and Investment Mission to China This Week 

4-7-13 - News: San Francisco Chronicle: 'Gov. Brown Leads Trade Mission to China'

4-7-13 - News: Los Angeles Times: 'Governor Brown Will Mean Business on his Weeklong Trip to China'

4-6-13 - News: Reuters: 'California Governor Jerry Brown Looks to Sell China on his State'

4-6-13 - News: Associated Press: 'California Governor Looks to China for Investments'

4-5-13 - Video: ABC News: 'Governor Brown Heads to China for Trade'

4-3-13 - Media Advisory: Governor's Office: Governor Brown to Lead Trade and Investment Mission to China Next Week

1-24-13 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown to Lead Trade and Investment Mission to The People's Republic of China

2-17-12 - Press Release: Governor's Office: Governor Brown to Open New Trade and Investment Office in China

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