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AJR-44 Trade with the People’s Republic of China.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  August 28, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Joint Resolution
No. 44


Introduced by Assembly Member Low

June 20, 2018


Relative to trade with the People’s Republic of China.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AJR 44, as amended, Low. Trade with the People’s Republic of China.
This measure would declare that the Legislature actively supports continued coordination and collaboration between California and the People’s Republic of China to increase mutually beneficial economic opportunities and strengthen the substantial, bilateral relationship in the areas of people-to-people exchange, trade, climate change, education, tourism, technology, innovation, and green development, and would urge the President of the United States and the Congress of the United States to support existing legislation and to enact new legislation to actions that further strengthen economic links between California the United States, including California, and China.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, California is one of the most important partners in the United States to the People’s Republic of China; and
WHEREAS, There are approximately two million Chinese and Chinese Americans living in California; and
WHEREAS, There are more than 20 daily flights between California and major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Qingdao; and
WHEREAS, There are more than 20 pairs of sister cities between California and China; and
WHEREAS, California and China are actively committed to green development and have been playing positive roles in addressing climate change; and
WHEREAS, China is the fifth largest source of tourists to the United States, with almost 1.5 million Chinese tourists visiting California in 2016; and
WHEREAS, In 2013, California became the first state to establish trade promotion agreements with individual Chinese provinces. According to the statistics of the Rhodium Group, China invested $29.4 billion in the United States in 2017, $4.7 billion of which was invested in California; and
WHEREAS, California does more business with China than any other state. In 2017, the total trade volume between California and China was $175.6 billion, accounting for 27.6 percent of the United States’ trade with China and California has accounted for 21.5 percent of China’s total investment in the United States since 2000; China; and
WHEREAS, With an increase of about 14.5 percent annually, California’s exports to China amounted to $16.43 billion in 2017, accounting for 12.6 percent of the United States’ exports to China. California’s imports from China increased at a rate of about 10.5 percent annually, and amounted to $159.2 amounted to $159.1 billion in 2017, approximately 31.5 36.1 percent of the United States’ total imports from China; and
WHEREAS, The Chinese government attaches great importance to friendly and cooperative relations with California; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature actively supports continued coordination and collaboration between California and the People’s Republic of China to increase mutually beneficial economic opportunities and strengthen the substantial, bilateral relationship in the areas of people-to-people exchange, trade, climate change, education, tourism, technology, innovation, and green development. The Legislature urges the President of the United States and the Congress of the United States to support existing legislation and to enact new legislation to actions that further strengthen economic links between California the United States, including California, and China; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States, and to the author for appropriate distribution.