Gov. Jerry Brown started a week-long trade mission to China on Monday, along with several California business leaders, to seek investments that will benefit the state.
Brown plans to promote investment opportunities in California as well as open a foreign trade office in Shanghai. The trip has been in the works for more than a year and is his first official trip abroad since taking office in 2011.
China expert Orville Schell, from the Asia Society in New York, said he had encouraged the governor to go and that the trip could open doors to attract large amounts of Chinese capital for several California industries.