So Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Council president Larry Reid jetted off to Beijing this a.m. on a whirlwind trade mission to China with Port of Oakland officials. They hope to drum up new business and expand partnerships with Chinese companies in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
The 12-member group includes Port executive director Omar Benjamin and other port maritime and airport officials. They’ll spend four days making stops in three cities: Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
They’re saving the fun for last, when they visit a California wine bar and restaurant in Hong Kong to promote Oakland wineries.
A case of Oakland wine has been shipped ahead and will be served when the mayor and her entourage visit on Thursday.
Stay tuned for updates to find out what’s in the case! Hint: check out the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance.