San Francisco Mayor London Breed Visits China, Offering ‘Sincere and Pragmatic Cooperation’

Just as California’s far-left Governor Gavin Newsom (D) made a politically lucrative trip to China in October, Chinese state media reported on Sunday that San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s (D) visit I was flattered.

“The US government has taken a politically motivated hawkish stance toward China in order to reassert its global hegemony, but Mr. Breed’s visit shows how sincere and realistic cooperation can be achieved in China-US relations. It could be a good example of what can be done.” gushing out China’s state-owned Global Times.

Breed’s first stop was Hong Kong, where China shocked the world with its brutal crackdown on a massive 2019 democracy movement. dignified an authoritarian “national security law” that effectively criminalizes anyone who opposes the Communist Party;

Hong Kong’s national security law has been made equal more This year, the harshness of the regime has sparked new protests from human rights activists around the world.Chinese Communist Party official fired While treating such dissenting opinions as the clatter of flies and praying mantises, the government is stepping up retaliation against foreign media outlets that report critically on Hong Kong issues.

Mayor Breed’s passage through Hong Kong without addressing any of these issues was a propaganda coup for China, a much-needed jolt of normalcy to a highly abnormal situation.of Global Times Breed praised his role in “strengthening diplomatic relations, stimulating economic growth and deepening cultural ties in China.”

Like Newsom, the Chinese Communist Party touted Breed as a reasonable alternative to the supposedly unruly and irrational U.S. federal government.of Global Times Also threw in a callback to Newsom’s journey:

Building on the success of APEC, which was held in San Francisco last November, Breed said, “To strengthen San Francisco’s international partnerships and maximize the economic and business opportunities that are invaluable to San Francisco, we will It is important that we continue to build on our momentum.” Francisco’s future. ”

Regional exchanges between China and the United States are good. For example, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s week-long visit to China last October focused on climate change and bilateral economic development, which brought further benefits to the peoples of both countries and brought more benefits to Sino-U.S. relations. Injected positive energy.

China experts shared positive expectations for Mr. Breed’s visit, saying that the visit reflects the close exchanges between China and the United States at the regional level that have continued for decades. He said that he is sending a new positive and encouraging message amid the current complex economic situation in Central America. and trade relations.

APEC is the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, and its Leaders’ Week meeting was held in San Francisco last November.Chinese dictator Xi Jinping attended During the meeting, he met with top American business leaders and also spoke with President Joe Biden at an event in San Francisco. Breed was a guest at Mr. Xi’s welcome dinner, and Mr. Xi invited her to visit China in return.

On October 25, 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with California Governor Gavin Newsom at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the capital of China. (Huang Jingwen/Xinhua via Getty Images)

“Politicians in San Francisco do not share Cold War or hegemonic thinking compared to those in Washington, so they always have a positive attitude towards China, which makes bilateral cooperation smoother and easier. “We’re doing it,” said He, a senior researcher at the China Globalization Center, with a snort. Wei Wen.

of Global Times I was eager to compare it to Breed’s junket. last week visit By Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Although Yellen was vague about what specific steps the Biden administration was prepared to take, she did say China is flooding the U.S. market with cheap exports and hurting U.S. industry. He said harsh things to people.of Global Times It dismissed her warning as pure political theater, preferring instead to focus on Breed’s “symbolic” visit and the message of “stability” she sent.

breeding Said She considers San Francisco to be America’s “gateway to Asia” and the Chinese community there as a bridge to the People’s Republic of China, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency. She said she wants to build stronger relationships between San Francisco’s tech community and China’s tech community.

Breed believes that the San Francisco Bay Area and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area can strengthen communication and mutual learning in the future, especially in the fields of science and technology.

Breed noted that artificial intelligence is a huge industry in San Francisco, with China leading the way in some of the most important technologies, and explores further opportunities for the two countries to learn from each other and grow together in this regard. He expressed his expectations for this.

“I was born and raised in San Francisco. What I appreciate about San Francisco is that it is a global city and a cross-cultural city,” she said. “When I go to Chinatown, I always meet someone. I know someone.”

CHINA - Chinese Premier Li Qiang (right) shakes hands with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Friday, July 7, 2023.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

Chinese Premier Li Qiang shakes hands with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

of san francisco examiner report On Saturday, Breed’s “whirlwind tour” of Hong Kong, Beijing and China’s technology and trade hubs was aimed primarily at attracting more Chinese investment to San Francisco, especially its “struggling downtown” area. It was announced that there was.

One of Breed’s ideas was Persuade China’s Fudan University will build a satellite campus in downtown San Francisco. She previously announced an effort to open a satellite campus of a historically black college in the downtown area, calling it “Black 2 San Francisco.”

Breed also wants to do that. increase Chinese tourists to her city will therefore meet with airline executives from Air China, Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines to request more direct flights. San Francisco’s tourism industry has not fully recovered from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, but China remains a major source of foreign tourist spending.

“For Breed, the trip could also have political benefits if it increases her profile among San Francisco’s Chinese voters. voters were important, and a recent Chronicle poll found they were highly dissatisfied with her job performance.” san francisco chronicle observed The night before her departure.