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Mayor Quan hits the ground running in Beijing

By cburt
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 5:32 pm in Jean Quan, Oakland City Hall, Port of Oakland, Uncategorized.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan wasted no time reaching out to Chinese officials in Beijing when she landed there Saturday to embark on a three-city trade mission with Oakland City Council President Larry Reid, Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin and other of the Port’s seaport and airport officials.

Quan met with the chairman of the HNA Group, which owns Hainan Airlines, hotels and other businesses. She wants to try and bring the airline to Oakland, and perhaps convince the company to build hotels and use Oakland as its hub for for foreign tourism to Northern California.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan meets with Mr. Tan, chairman of the HNA Group, in Beijing

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan meets with Mr. Tan, chairman of the HNA Group, in Beijing

Quan said her meeting with Mr. Tan was was the “first of many conversations with business and political leaders in China about investing and trading with the Port of Oakland. The Port currently exports red wine, organic produce and other goods to China, and we’re hoping to strengthen that relationship,” Quan said in her FaceBook posting.

Next up, more meetings in Beijing Monday, then off to Shenzhen on Tuesday, followed by a ferry ride to Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The Port is paying for the trip, which is estimated at $9,000 per person. Multiply by 12 people, and that’s $108,000. According to Port of Oakland spokeswoman Marilyn Sandifur, the money comes from an enterprise fund amassed to generate new business for the Port of Oakland. There are no taxpayer monies being spent.

 

 

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