California seeks climate ties with China


California's Governor Edmund 'Jerry' Brown with Sichuan Governor Yin Li. Photo credit - California Governor's Office


The US State of California is making efforts to enter into climate agreements with China.


The news comes after Donald Trump revealed plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

California's Governor Jerry Brown is currently on a trip to China, and the environment has been high-up on the agenda.

On the first day of his visit, in Chengdu, Governor Brown moved to expand California's regional climate partnerships in China.

A 'sister-state' agreement was signed with Sichuan Governor Yin Li, broadening cooperation between California and Sichuan in environmental technologies and renewable energy.

Speaking of the meeting, Governor Brown said:

''As I see many problems in the world - many tensions and disruptions - I also see the growing importance of partnerships such as the one we're building with Sichuan and California.''

On the second day of his visit to China, Governor Brown spoke in Jiangsu Province at a summit of environmental protection:

"Green is not only gold, green is our future - China, California and America and the other countries of the world all working for the prosperity of the people."

The highlight of the trip undoubtedly came on day three in Beijing, with a meeting with President Xi Jinping.

According to Governor Brown's office,he met with President Xi for approximately 45 minutes at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The Governor and President discussed the importance of expanding cooperation on green technology, innovation and trade.

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