California: Governor Newsom’s Last Day in China Advances New Climate Partnership with Shanghai
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SHANGHAI ~ Governor Gavin Newsom concluded his weeklong trip to China in Shanghai on Sunday, launching a new climate partnership with the city and touring Tesla's Shanghai gigafactory. The Governor met with Shanghai Mayor Gong Zheng and other city officials, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on protecting the environment, combating climate change, advancing climate adaptation and resilience strategies and accelerating clean transportation action.

The partnership between California and Shanghai will focus on clean ports and green shipping, as well as clean transportation and climate adaptation. Governor Newsom noted that the relationship between California and Shanghai dates back to 1980 when the late Senator Dianne Feinstein forged the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City relationship – the first such relationship between cities in China and the United States.

The Governor then visited Tesla's Shanghai gigafactory where he toured its general assembly line, as well as a battery pack facility. The plant produces thousands of vehicles every week, making it one of the most productive EV factories in the world. Last week, Governor Newsom announced that California is set to distribute $40.5 million in federal funding to build 270 EV fast chargers at 26 sites along highways. Funded by President Biden's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the state is expected to receive more than $380 million to create 6,600 miles of EV corridors with at least four fast chargers every 50 miles.

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Governor Newsom also announced that California surpassed its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) truck sales goal two years ahead of schedule – a big milestone for phasing out traditional combustion big rigs that account for over a quarter of the state's on-road greenhouse gas emissions.

The Governor ended his last day in China at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport where he met with United Airlines leaders to celebrate their resuming daily flights between San Francisco and Beijing next month and recently increasing flights between San Francisco and Shanghai.

California has now cemented its fifth climate partnership while in China, joining forces with Shanghai to fight against the climate crisis by cleaning up ports and reducing emissions from the transportation sector. Governor Newsom is scheduled to return to California Sunday evening.

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