Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 11, 2013

The Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis will travel to Beijing and Tianjin, China, to attend the U.S.-China Governors Forum April 15-16.

In Beijing, April 15, Special Representative Lewis will address the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). She also will meet with Chinese central and provincial government officials to promote subnational partnerships.

In Tianjin, April 16, Special Representative Lewis will address the third U.S.-China Governors Forum (Forum) which is being co-convened by the National Governors Association (NGA) and CPAFFC. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is leading the U.S. delegation, which includes Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The Forum will provide the governors and their Chinese counterparts the opportunity to discuss economic and trade cooperation and environmental management.

The U.S.-China Governors Forum was established by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed during then-Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington, DC in January 2011. Since then, the NGA has partnered with CPAFFC to plan the Forums which serve as platforms to promote peer-to-peer exchanges between U.S. governors and Chinese provincial leaders on topics of mutual interest and explore opportunities to promote practical cooperation and friendship. Past Forums in Salt Lake City, Utah and Beijing have promoted discussions on trade and investment; education exchanges; and cooperation on energy and the environment that have resulted in the signing of numerous cooperative frameworks.

For updates follow Special Representative Lewis on Twitter @RetaJoAtState.

PRN: 2013/0394