Gov. Brown to greet Obama at Palm Springs airport, meet with Xi in Indian Wells

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - California Gov. Jerry Brown will greet President Barack Obama at the Palm Springs Airport on Friday and meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indian Wells on Saturday, the governor's office announced today.

Brown will meet Obama about 3 p.m. Friday when the president arrives for his summit with Xi at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, then meet with Xi about noon Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, according to Brown's office.

A statement from the governor's office said there have been a year and a half of "significant diplomatic and business exchanges" between California and China, including the Governor's Trade and Investment Mission to China in April and meetings with Xi during his visit to California last February, when he was vice president of China.

During the Trade and Investment Mission, Brown met with top Chinese officials and signed what his office said were the first-ever agreements between a state-like entity and Chinese ministries. Brown also opened the California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai, spoke about on climate change at Tsinghua University in Beijing, met with the U.S. ambassador to China at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and spoke at forums hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce-South China and the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

Obama is meeting with Xi Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands.

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