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U.S. cities promote themselves, look for new markets in China

Sacramento and Lodi delegations are among those seeking to expand trade beyond Beijing and Shanghai

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Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:07 am

Bodyguards in tow, a rising star in China’s Communist Party, Sun Zhengcai, marched through a vast trade show last week in Chongqing, a municipality of nearly 30 million people. Suddenly, Sun and his entourage made a detour when a sign caught his attention — a pavilion showcasing Sacramento.

“Ni hao!” Sun said, greeting the 20-odd delegates from the California capital with handshakes. He didn’t stay long, but it was the kind of moment the California contingent had hoped for after traveling 7,000 miles.

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