The meeting followed Brown's week-long trade mission to China in April. The Democratic governor is seeking to attract Chinese investment in California, including in public infrastructure such as high-speed rail.
"I first of all told the president and his wife that they added sparkle and excitement to our state," Brown told reporters after the meeting, according to The Desert Sun. "And then we discussed the way that California can work with a number of provinces in China to advance our mutual goals of new energy technologies, agriculture, tourism and exchange of students and scientists."
The two leaders met for about 40 minutes, according to The Desert Sun. Xi said seeing Brown was like seeing "an old friend of mine," while Brown told the Chinese president "you grace our state with your presence," according to the newspaper.
Xi was in Rancho Mirage for meetings Friday and Saturday with President Barack Obama.
PHOTO CREDIT: Xi Jinping, left, then vice president of China, talks with Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, center, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, as they watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press file