Governor Neil Abercrombie is in Los Angeles today attending the US-China Economic Trade and Trade Cooperation Forum & Signing Ceremony. Today's events in California will conclude Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States.
Governor Abercrombie is in attendance at the invitation of Vice President Joe Biden and California Governor Jerry Brown. The Forum is aimed at encouraging more Chinese investment in the United States.
"I'm pleased to be here," said Governor Abercrombie. "It is important for us to continue to build on the momentum of the relationships that we've established with China. I intend to make the most of my short time here in hopes of expanding business and visitor industry relationships for Hawai'i."
Accompanying Governor Abercrombie is Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism Director Richard Lim and Hawai'i Tourism Authority President Mike McCartney. Following the day-long Forum, Governor Abercrombie will attend a US-China Governors' Roundtable, followed by an official dinner hosted by Chinese dignitaries.
In October 2011, Governor Abercrombie visited Beijing during a National Governors Association China Forum. A month later, at the conclusion of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Hawai'i China CEO Forum, the Governor signed an agreement with Mr. Yu Ping, Vice Chairman of the China Council for Promotion, to pursue mutual interests in clean energy development.
Governor Abercrombie returns to Honolulu tomorrow.