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Peninsula councilmembers to travel to China
April 23, 2014, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

Michael Brownrigg

Robert Gottschalk

Two Peninsula city councilmembers are expected to join mayors from other Silicon Valley cities and make a trip to China to seek investment and connections with local Chinese entrepreneurs and officials.

Burlingame Mayor Michael Brownrigg and Millbrae Vice Mayor Robert Gottschalk will likely visit Chinese innovation hubs and sources of investment June 16-27. The Silicon Valley Mayors’ Delegation China Trip could be the largest-ever group of American mayors to visit China will further localize and deepen China-California relations to create technology partnerships and seek out business opportunities.

Pending balancing business-related items, Brownrigg is hoping to be able to go. If he does wind up going, he would combine it with business since he doesn’t want Burlingame to have to pay his tab for the trip and doesn’t want to accept gifts from outsiders.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to work with the second largest economy on the planet, China,” he said. “They have surplus capital and they’re making investments around the world. Burlingame is a great destination for Chinese investment. It’s close to SFO and Silicon Valley. I see Burlingame as a small part of the bigger picture.”

The leaders will be accompanied by representatives from the Chinese Consulate of San Francisco and members of China-Silicon Valley, the nonprofit group sponsoring the trip, including co-presidents Victor Wang, Stephanie Xu and other board members. The group will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan during the 11-day trip.

Gottschalk is almost certain he will be able to go.

“I, like everyone else, would like to invite some attention to what Millbrae has to offer to investors in China,” he said. “I’m looking for companies that would want to take advantage of what Millbrae has to offer — high-tech, biotech, somebody who might want a regional headquarters, maybe some high-end retail. What we can claim is unique about Millbrae is our transportation hub.”

Meanwhile, South San Francisco Mayor Karyl Matsumoto was planning on going on the trip, but opted out because it conflicts with the international biotechnology conference in San Diego. Vice Mayor Rich Garbarino also opted out to go to the conference.

“We’re focusing on biotech this year,” Matsumoto said.

Other mayors expected to be in attendance include Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong, Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller, Mountain View Mayor Chris Clark, Morgan Hill Vice Mayor Marilyn Librers and others.


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