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California turns to China for climate, business cooperation

Staff Writer |
California Governor Jerry Brown left for China on Friday, seeking opportunities for cooperation in fighting climate change as well as other areas.

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Brown's detour journey to China came after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

On Thursday, Brown responded strongly to Trump's announcement, vowing to "resist" the administration's course of action and to "fight" for what is good for global well-being.

Brown has said that it is imperative to act now and together with his Chinese counterparts against climate change.

Brown has the very reason for a strong response to Trump's decision as California has suffered a lot from nature in recent years, like wild wood fires and drought.

"In California already, our fires are not just in the summer, but are for most of the year," Brown told Xinhua at his office in the state capital of Sacramento on Wednesday.

"China was the leader, with America, to create the Paris agreement," Brown noted.

Now, without Washington, China becomes all that more important, said the governor. He expressed the hope that California will work closely with other U.S. states, Chinese provinces, regional blocs like the European Union and other nations.

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