Branstad to meet with U.S., Chinese governors

Branstad 1From Press Release


Five U.S. governors, six Chinese governors and officials of both countries will meet at a forum on Tuesday afternoon in Seattle and will later meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss opportunities for collaboration on clean technology and economic development.

Participants in the Third U.S.-China Governors’ Forum will discuss areas of shared interest and mutual benefit, such as the promotion of energy efficiency in buildings and industries, commercialization and deployment of clean and renewable energy technologies, smart and modernized electrical grids, clean transportation options and more. This dialogue grows out of ongoing collaborations between each nation’s national and subnational leaders to accelerate the development of clean energy economies and more.

The bipartisan group of U.S. governors includes Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA), Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI), Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA), and Governor Kate Brown (D-OR). Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA), who will be hosting Chinese President Xi at a separate event during the same time, will attend a portion of the meeting.

Chinese governors in attendance will be Sichuan Party Secretary Wang Dongming, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun, Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan, Zhejiang Governor Li Qiang, Shandong Governor Guo Shuqing, and Shaanxi Governor Lou Qinjian.

The president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Madame Li Xiaolin, will provide opening remarks, as co-host of the forum. California Governor Brown and Sichuan Party Secretary Wang Dongming will co-chair the forum. Officials from the U.S and Chinese national governments and the National Governors Association are also expected to be in attendance.

Later on Tuesday, the governors will meet privately with President Xi.