Shanghai mayor Gong Zheng poses with California Governor Gavin Newsom
Shanghai Mayor Gong Zheng met with a delegation led by Governor Gavin Newsom of California on Sunday.
Gong welcomed Newsom’s visit on behalf of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. He said President Xi Jinping pointed out in a meeting with Newsom that the foundation and hope of the China-US relationship lie in the people, the future lies in the youth, and the vitality lies in the localities.
As China’s largest economic center, Shanghai is an important bridge for friendly exchanges between China and the US. As early as 1980, Shanghai and San Francisco became sister cities and began fruitful cooperation in various fields. We are ready to actively promote friendly exchanges between Shanghai and California for the healthy and stable development of China-US relations, the mayor said.
California’s economy ranks first among all US states, and Shanghai welcomes many California companies to participate in the Import Expo. The city looks forward to practical cooperation in information technology, biomedicine, and intelligent manufacturing and encourages investment and development in each other’s locations to achieve common development.
Shanghai will continue to create a first-class business environment to help various companies, including those from California, achieve better development in Shanghai. We hope that the two places will deepen mutual learning in the fields of environmental protection, green energy, port emission reduction, and offshore wind energy and promote higher quality and more sustainable development, said Gong.
At the same time, the city hopes to strengthen cultural exchange, communicate closely with personnel, deepen cooperation in education, sports, culture, and youth, improve mutual understanding, and deepen friendship between two places.
Newsom said California and Shanghai have a proud history. San Francisco and Shanghai have been friends for 43 years. The rapid changes in Shanghai are astonishing. California and Shanghai have many similarities and excel in biopharmaceuticals, information technology, artificial intelligence, and higher education.
They also have similar ambitions and visions to promote green, low-carbon innovation. California and Shanghai should strengthen cooperation on environmental protection and climate change, jointly promote green change, and lead the world trend.
He is proud of the cooperation and memorandum of understanding signed by the two areas at the local level, and California is ready to be a strong and stable cooperation partner for Shanghai, said Newsom.
After the meeting, Gong and Newsom attended the ceremony to exchange the text of the memorandum of understanding on climate and environmental cooperation between Shanghai and California. According to the memorandum of understanding, the two areas will cooperate in protecting the environment, responding to climate change, and promoting the development of clean energy.