2013 China Trade Mission with Governor Brown
Key Country Contacts
According to the U.S. State Department, China has been one of the world's fastest growing economies over the past several years, and its efforts to reform and modernize have helped transform China into a large trading economy. China's total trade is over $3.6 trillion, making it the second largest trading nation and the country with the second largest economy in the world. This translates into enormous opportunities for U.S./California exporters.
U.S.-China trade has risen rapidly over the past several decades. Total trade between the two nations has increased from $4.8 billion in 1980 to slightly over $536 billion in 2012. U.S. exports to China in 2012 were approximately $110.6 billion, a steady increase from previous years.
In 2012, China continued as California's 3rd largest export destination, with over $14 billion in exports. Computer and electronic products accounted for approximately 28 percent of exports, totalling close to $3.9 billion. Waste and scrap material brought in $2.4 billion, or 17.4 percent while both the machinery (except electrical) and the transportation equipment categories each accounted for approximately 10 percent of the total, with roughly $1.4 billion in exports each. U.S. Dept. of Commerce
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US Census Bureau Trade in Goods - China
WTO Trade Profile - China
WTO Trade Policy Review - China
Chinese Direct Investment in California
The Rhodium Group estimates that Chinese firms now employ 27,000 people in the U.S., up from fewer than 10,000 five years ago.
Asia Society, October 2012
Oct 2, 2012 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new report on China's investment approval process for inbound foreign direct investment titled China's Approval Process for Inbound Foreign Direct Investment: Impact on Market Access, National Treatment and Transparency. This is the second report the U.S. Chamber has issued since July on the topic of two-way investment. The first report, Faces of Chinese Investment in the United States, aimed to promote greater Chinese investment into the United States and help demystify the U.S. investment climate for Chinese business leaders interested in the American market.
Governor’s Office Hosts Chinese Delegation Convenes First California-Jiangsu Joint Economic Committee
2011 State Visit
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2010 Asia Trade Mission
Governor Schwarzenegger announced in July 2010 that he would lead a delegation of California business leaders and key State of California government officials to Asia in September 2010. Asia is a dynamic and growing market for California products, produce and intellectual property. The dates of the trade mission were September 9, 2010 to September 15, 2010. The delegation started in Hangzhou and Shanghai, traveled to Tokyo and ended in Seoul. This trade mission was successful and will bring many economic and cultural benefits to the people of California.
2005 China Trade Mission
California Chamber President Allan Zaremberg introduces Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the opening reception for the California-China business and trade mission in Beijing. (Photo by Larry Dicke)
Strengthening Trade Ties, Building New Opportunities
CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, members of the press and other members of the business delegation six-day trade mission to China to market California agriculture, encourage tourism, discuss intellectual property rights and promote business investment in the state.
"The business and trade mission to mainland China led by Governor Schwarzenegger will serve to strengthen ties and increase economic opportunitiesin the world’s largest marketplace of 1.2billion people," said Susanne Stirling, vice president of international affairs for the Chamber and member of the business delegation.
|CalChamber President, Chinese Vice Minister: Foster Strong Ties Between California and China|
|(July 24, 2012) Fostering business and cultural relationships between the California business community and China was the focus when Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao and his delegation gathered at the California Chamber of Commerce International Luncheon Forum yesterday.
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Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao (left) and CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg.
(December 20, 2012) Mr. Rongquiang Yu visited with Mrs. Susanne Stirling of the California Chamber of Commerce.
They discussed several China – California trade issues, as well as Mr. Yu’s connections with the Chambers of commerce in Quinghai Province and Shandong Province, China.
From left to right, Mrs. Mary Feng, Mrs. Susanne Stirling, Mr. Rongqiang Yu, Mr. William Cheng
|Chinese Delegation Visits CalChamber|
(June 20, 2012)
A courtesy call was made by the San Francisco Chinese Consulate General on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, to discuss State – Province Cooperation between California and Chinese provinces, as well as, to introduce key members of the Chinese Enterprise Association – California.
Pictured Left to Right are: Mr. Ma Si, Director, New Civic Co. Ltd, Mr. Sam Zhang, Secretary General of China Enterprise Association - California, Mrs. Susanne Stirling, Vice President International Affairs, CalChamber, Mr. Allan Zaremberg, President & CEO, CalChamber, Mr. Xia Xiang, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, Mr. Ben Chen, President, Chinese Enterprise Association - California, and Mr. Xia Shuguang, Consul, Chinese Consulate General of San Francisco.