California-China Office of Trade and Investment
333 Song Hu Road, 9/F, Suite 905-907
Yangpu District, Shanghai, China 200433
Phone: +86 21 35183691
353 Sacramento Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 946-8734
The California-China Office of Trade and Investment (CTO) is California’s official state trade office with The People’s Republic of China. The Office is a public-private program led by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), economic development groups, and private sector companies across the state. It was opened by California Governor Edmund G. Brown on April 12, 2013 in Shanghai, China.
The CTO is California’s central vehicle for promoting both trade and investment between the state and China. Dedicated experts located in Shanghai, Sacramento, and San Francisco provide services to businesses throughout California and China to forge cross-border trade and investment relationships, particularly in the innovative environmental technologies, life sciences, lifestyle, and financial services industries.
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 will provide 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 - 2013
One page summary
California-China Office of Trade and Investment 2014 Annual Report