Sandoval Works to Strengthen Relationship with China

Open Doors for Nevada Businesses


Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
Carson City, NV - September 24, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he and several other Governors have signed a Governors’ Clean Energy and Economic Development Accord with governors from the People’s Republic of China. Sandoval signed as a founding signatory in an effort to build on the mutual efforts of both countries to accelerate the utilization of renewable resources and commercialize new clean and renewable energy technologies.

“Nevada is considered a national leader in renewable energy development and innovation, and this accord provides us with the platform to introduce our advanced products to an international market,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “This step furthers our commitment to build a robust economic relationship between the state of Nevada and the substantial market that the People’s Republic of China offers our business community. I would like to thank President Xi Jinping and his colleagues for travelling to the United States and look forward to sustaining a meaningful relationship as we work together to implement the objectives of this accord.”

“With China as the largest outbound travel market in the world, the U.S., and Nevada in particular, has tremendous potential to bolster economic impact due to business and leisure travelers,” said Claudia Vecchio, Director of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with our sister states and our valued friends in China on mutually beneficial economic development efforts.”

Governor Sandoval contributed to the signing as a part of the official visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping who is scheduled to meet with business leaders, address the United Nations, and meet with President Obama who will host a state dinner in his honor.

The bipartisan group of U.S. governors signing the accord included Governor Brian Sandoval (R-Nevada), who was unable to attend a Tuesday signing ceremony in person, Governor Jay Inslee (D-Washington), Governor Jerry Brown (D-California), Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa), Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Governor Kate Brown (D-Oregon) Chinese governors in attendance were, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun, Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan, Shaanxi Governor Lou Qinjian, Shandong Governor Guo Shuqing, Sichuan Party Secretary Wang Dongming, and Zhejiang Governor Li Qiang.

The Governor also announced he would be returning to China with a trade mission delegation at the end of October. In 2012, Sandoval led a trade mission delegation to the People’s Republic of China with the objective of increasing Nevada’s exports and encouraging foreign investment in Nevada. Sandoval will be leading the second trade mission in his capacity as President of the Council of State Governments. Representatives from Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Minnesota, Kansas, and Delaware will join the delegation. The group will be traveling to Xi’an, Nanjiang, Shanghai, and Beijing. This mission will build upon existing relationships and explore additional interests with a focus on environmental sciences and tech commercialization.

“Over the past few years, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has been working diligently to encourage Chinese investment in Nevada,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “There is tremendous potential in Nevada to not only develop our Clean Energy industry, but also water innovation and advanced manufacturing. Through trade missions to China, which the Governor will again be leading in October, and the hosting of in-bound Chinese delegations in Las Vegas, the State is working to further define what Nevada has to offer the international market, and the Governors Clean Energy Accord will enhance our efforts.”


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