June 8, 7:45 a.m.: Governor Jerry Brown isn’t California’s only representative in China this week—a contingent of business leaders have a parallel group. Like Brown, they’re in Beijing for a global clean technology conference.
Jim Wunderman is the head of the Bay Area Council, the business group that organized the trip.
"China presents a huge opportunity for California," says Wunderman. "Just in the clean tech space alone by 2020, they’ve committed to invest $1.5 trillion dollars. So, that’s the biggest commitment in the world."
The Bay Area Council also operates California’s Chinese trade office, which the governor set up on his last visit in 2013.
Wunderman says the goal is to attract more of investment to California and to expand more businesses into China. The delegation includes electric vehicle and clean technology companies, investment firms, Fortune 500 company Deloitte, and San Francisco International Airport.
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