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Jerry Brown announces plans for new trade offices

September 11, 2012 | 12:50 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that would authorize the state to open new trade offices, starting with one in Shanghai, and he is planning to visit China later this year, his first official trip out of the country since becoming governor in 2011.

The governor has also revamped his Office of Business Development, which worked with California and Chinese companies on the opening of the new trade mission.

Brown made his announcement at the headquarters of Oracle Inc. in Redwood City on Tuesday, as he spoke at a meeting of the Bay Area Council.

The council, whose members include high-tech and other business leaders throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, will co-sponsor the opening of the China trade office, according to Brown's office.

The governor is expected to visit the new office later this year. Brown first announced his intention to go to China in February, during a meeting of the National Governors Assn. in Washington.

While in Washington, Brown met with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui and China experts at the State Department to receive more background and information about the country.

He also hosted Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Los Angeles in February.


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