The Governor's trip to China is primarily aimed at engaging in discussions on climate change initiatives with officials from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). However, he is expected to steer clear of contentious issues that have recently strained relations between Beijing and the Biden administration.
Newsom announced, “I’m on my way to Israel. I’ll be meeting with those impacted by the horrific terrorist attacks and offering California’s support.” His visit to Israel is a show of solidarity with the victims of the mass Hamas terrorist attacks, which claimed the lives of over 1,400 Israelis and led to the abduction of more than 100 civilians.
Erin Mellon, the Director of Communications for Newsom's office, stated to The Hill, “The governor adjusted his planned international trip and will briefly visit Israel ahead of going to China. While in Israel, the governor will meet with those impacted by the violence.” Newsom is expected to arrive in Israel on Friday and leave the following day. However, further details about his visit remain undisclosed.
In China, Newsom aims to emphasize the “imperative” role of the U.S.-China relationship in combating climate change. He has previously lauded California's international diplomatic presence as a trailblazer for other states. Newsom said, “The imperative of maintaining a relationship on climate with China is about the fate and future of this planet. It’s too important – it’s another example where California needs to lead.”
During his visit, Newsom also intends to renew an agreement of understanding with the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, which oversees the country's economic planning. He will also renew a 2023 agreement with Beijing on air quality. His itinerary includes visits to the Tesla factory in Shanghai and Hong Kong University.
Newsom's focus during his China trip will be “predominantly on climate change,” avoiding contentious topics such as human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, technology transfer policies, and disputes over eligibility requirements for renewable energy subsidies. Newsom's office has not yet responded to requests for comment.