California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the first agreement of its kind between a subnational entity and China’s Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian to strengthen and coordinate efforts to improve air quality.
In addition to collaboration on air quality measures, the agreement encourages joint efforts to protect public health, promote clean and efficient energy, protect the environment and natural resources and support sustained economic growth.
In the agreement, California and the Ministry commit to activities that will reduce air pollution while enabling sustained economic growth and increase cooperation to enhance pollution control strategies for industrial sectors and the transportation sector.
California and the Ministry also pledge to work together to strengthen institutions and governance structures that oversee implementation and enforcement of air pollution reduction programs and to support joint-ventures, partner-agreements and capital investments in the design, construction and operation of projects that reduce air pollution.
The agreement calls for cooperative measures including the exchange of strategies and information on pollution control systems, collaboration on research and joint workshops and trainings.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection was created in 2008 when China’s environmental protection function was elevated to its own Ministry.
The Governor also met with China’s Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Xu Shaoshi. The NDRC oversees efforts to address climate change and much of the government’s economic strategy.
The Governor’s trade and investment mission follows more than a year of significant diplomatic and business exchanges between the State of California and China. In February 2012, Governor Brown welcomed His Excellency Xi Jinping, then-Vice President, and now President of China, to California. During the visit, Governor Brown announced his intention to visit China, open a trade and investment office and form a China-California Joint Task Force to drive more collaboration, investment and trade between California and China. Later in 2012, the Brown administration convened the inaugural Joint Economic Committee between California and China’s Jiangsu Province, hosted a Chinese delegation led by the Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Commerce and met with a Chinese delegation led by Deputy Governor Xia Geng of China’s Shandong Province.
This week and next, the Governor will meet with Chinese government and business leaders, highlight bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two regions and open a new trade and investment office. In addition to Beijing, the trade and investment mission will include events in Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen through Tuesday, 16 April.