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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown announced a sister state/province relationship yesterday between the State of California and China’s Guandong Province. Among other goals, the agreement calls for the growth of trade and investment as well as stronger ties in science and technology, low-carbon development, environmental conservation, clean energy, education, and cultural exchange. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, released the following statement about the agreement.

“California drives the relationship between the United States and China,” said Ting. “The San Francisco Bay Area is, more than any other part of the state, shaping these ties. Bay Area companies make significant investments in China, with hundreds of affiliates located there, and we are the landing pad for many Chinese companies creating jobs in California. The Bay Area also hosts thousands of students from abroad at our world class universities. My hope is that this agreement helps California and China learn from each other while building stronger ties and a prosperous future.”

Ting has consistently pushed for stronger ties between California and China. He helped launch ChinaSF, in 2008, the first public-private partnership of its kind focusing on attracting and retaining companies and investment from China in order to create more jobs for San Francisco. As a member of the State Assembly, he has convened a series of hearings for lawmakers to learn from business leaders about the growing economic relationship between California and China.

Further information about the agreement is available online at http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18723.

Contacts: Anthony Matthews (primary), tel. (916) 319-2019, anthony.matthews@asm.ca.gov Jade Wu, tel. (415) 557-2312, jade.wu@asm.ca.gov