China is one of the fastest growing export markets and a significant source of foreign investment and tourism for California, but our trade and investment relationship with China can be stronger.

On April 10, 2013, Vice President Xi Jinping of China and Governor of California Jerry Brown signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing for China and California to form a Joint Working Group on trade and investment cooperation. The Joint Working Group is co-chaired by  the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz).

Objectives:

  • Expand Trade & Investment Cooperation
  • Strengthen Communication
  • Enhance Trust
  • Boost Economic Growth
  • Create Jobs

LARExC is honored to be selected as the Secretariat for Southern California of the California-China Provinces Trade & Investment Working Group. The China provinces include Jiangsu, Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, Shandong, Guangdong and Chongqing. The Joint Working Group convenes regularly to work and share experiences; exchange trade and investment information; to promote key projects; to hold an annual seminar on trade and investment cooperation; to expand business opportunities via trade missions and trade fairs; and to promote strategic relations between cities in both China and California.

Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los AngelesMinistry of Commerce (MOFCOM)443 Shatto PlaceLos Angeles, CA 90020 USAmeiguoxinxi@mofcom.gov.cn

Haiyan Liu Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles(213) 807-8017

Zhang Guanbin Consul (Commerce), Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles(213) 807-8026

State of California, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ)International Affairs and Business Development1400 Tenth Street, 2nd FloorSacramento, CA 95814 USA

Brian Peck Deputy Director, International Affairs and Business Development(916) 319-9954

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON ESTABLISHING “CHINA PROVINCES AND US CALIFORNIA JOINT WORKING GROUP ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT COOPERATION

The Ministry of Commerce and relevant provinces of the People’s Republic of China and the State of California of the United States (hereinafter referred to as “the Two Parties”), through friendly consultation, have decided to establish the “China Provinces and US California Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment Cooperation” (hereinafter referred to as the “Working Group”), and reached the following understanding:

Article I The objectives of the Working Group are to expand trade and investment cooperation, strengthen communication, enhance trust, boost economic growth, and create jobs so as to implement the consensus reached between China’s Vice President Xi Jinping and Governor Jerry Brown when Vice President Xi visited the US in February 2012.

Article II The Working Group is, on the Chinese side, led by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), with Jiangsu, Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, Shandong, Guangdong and Chongqing as its members. The commerce authority in each of these provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government) will be responsible for the coordination. On the side of California, the member is the Governor’s office. The Two Parties will take in more members under appropriate circumstances in the future.

Article III China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Mechanic and Electronic Products and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development join the Working Group as representatives of business community designated by the Two Parties respectively. Other government bodies, chambers of commerce or business associations can be invited to certain activities.

Article IV The Two Parties respectively designate the Department of American and Oceanian Affairs of MOFCOM, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development of the State of California as contact points for communication and information exchange, and recipients of any notice required to be given under this MOU.

Article V The Two Parties will set up an annual meeting mechanism in the forms of video conference or meeting in person. The time of each meeting will be decided by the two parties through consultation.

Article VI The Two Parties are committed to creating an enabling environment for and providing necessary assistance to businesses. Cooperation can be conducted in the following ways:

  • To summarize experience on regular basis and discover and work in a timely manner to solve concerns and difficulties Chinese and American businesses have in cooperation;
  • To exchange information on a regular basis about trade and investment projects and exhibitions;
  • To promote key projects of trade and economic cooperation;
  • To hold an annual seminar on trade and investment cooperation in Chinese provinces and the State of California in turns;
  • To organize exchanges of trade missions and help companies seek business opportunities;
  • To organize delegations of entrepreneurs to attend economic and trade fairs held in China and the State of California.
  • To promote Chinese cities like Chongqing and Qingdao to develop strategic cooperation relations with California Cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Article VII The Two Parties will support companies to cooperate in the following key sectors:

  • infrastructure
  • biological pharmaceutics
  • information technology
  • agriculture
  • energy
  • manufacturing
  • tourism
  • environmental protection
  • exhibitions

Article VIII This MOU will become effective on the date of signature. Either of the Two Parties may terminate this MOU by giving the other party in writing 90 days prior to the intended termination date.

Article IX The Working Group mechanism referred to in this MOU shall work together with other established and future mechanisms between relevant Chinese provinces and the State of California.

Article X This MOU is done in duplicate in_________ on__________, in the Chinese and English languages, both texts being equally authentic.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products
Bai Xuefeng
Director of General Affairs Department
Phone +86-10-58280841
Fax +86-10-58280840
baixuefeng@cccme.org.cn

Li Yawei
Phone +86-10-58280845
Fax +86-10-58280840
liyawei@cccme.org.cn

Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce

Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce
Shen Qing
Deputy Director
Phone +86-21-23110610
Fax +86-21-62751576
shenq@scofcom.gov.cn

Bureau of Commerce of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Bureau of Commerce of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Chen Yanping
Deputy Director
Phone +86-471-6944923
Fax +86-471-6610376
nmchenyanping@126.com

Department of Commerce, Jiangsu Province

Department of Commerce, Jiangsu Province
Sun Jin
Director of Division of Foreign Affairs General Affairs Department
Phone +86-25-5771003
Fax +86-25-57712072
sunjin@jiangsudoc.gov.cn

Zhang Xiaoyu
+86-25-57710026
+86-25-57712072
zhangxiaoyu@jiangsudoc.gov.cn

Department of Commerce of Shandong Province Investment Promotion Division

Department of Commerce of Shandong Province Investment Promotion Division
Sun Yao
Director
Phone +86-531-89013433
Fax +86-531-89013606
cecilia_sun0305@hotmail.com

Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province

Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province
Chen Yanling
Deputy Director
Phone +86-20-38819828
Fax +86-20-38802219
wjmt_chyl@gd.gov.cn

Chongqing Foreign Trade & Economic Relations Commission

Chongqing Foreign Trade & Economic Relations Commission
Yang Zixuan
Deputy Director
Phone +86-23-89018358
Fax +86-23-89019540
mercurylily@hotmail.com