GUANGZHOU, CHINA -- Gov. Jerry Brown ended his official economic and trade tour of China on Monday night, thanking staffers and delegates for a "seamless flow of interchange and activity."
The dinner was the final event for some 100 business executives and political VIPs. Brown, however, will spend Tuesday discussing electric vehicles in the city of Shenzhen before flying home on Wednesday.
Delegates feasted on an assortment of sushi and Napa Valley wine in this south China city, where the air was not only more humid but also full of smog and other pollutants. It was easily the worst air quality of the entire eight day trip.
The trade mission was organized by the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco based business nonprofit. Delegates paid $10,000 apiece, with a portion of the money helping pay the way of the governor and his state staff.
Brown spent Monday focused mainly on environmental issues, signing agreements with the province of Guandong, of which Guangzhou is the capital city.
Several delegates had already left the trip after Shanghai. Those that stayed behind said they had made valuable business contacts, and the governor spent virtually all of his time on the trip talking about business and economic development that would stretch across the Pacific.