Gov. Jerry Brown said today that his trade mission to China next week will help facilitate "billions of dollars in investment" in California, as Brown's office released an itinerary of lunches, receptions, forums and agreement-signing events for the governor while abroad.
"I think we're going to get billions of dollars in investment coming from China," Brown said at a business event in Sacramento. "We're also going to facilitate billions of dollars in additional exports, not overnight, but over time."
China is California's third-largest trading partner, behind Mexico and Canada. The state's merchandise export trade with China amounted to about $14 billion last year. In his first official trip abroad since taking office in 2011, Brown is expected to promote California exports, tourism and greenhouse gas reduction policies.
He will be joined by a handful of senior advisers and about 75 business delegates, Brown's office said.
Brown will celebrate his 75th birthday on Sunday, before leaving next week for Beijing. Seven days of events are scheduled in that city and in Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
Brown will oversee the opening of a state trade office in Shanghai on Friday, April 12. He announced last year that the state would open the privately financed office, California's first official presence in China since the state closed its 12 foreign trade offices amid controversy in 2003.
Editor's note: This post was updated at 5:36 p.m. to correct the description of California's export trade with China.
PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the state Capitol in Sacramento in January. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee