In December 2007, Governor Deval Patrick traveled with a team of business executives, academic leaders and senior government officials to continue his work building trust and credibility in the growing relationship between Massachusetts and China.

The visit included a number of meetings with Chinese government officials and business leaders to strengthen innovation and collaboration around clean energy, life sciences, education and transportation. The delegation will visited Beijing and Shanghai.

"Massachusetts is already a national leader in alternative energy technology and the life sciences, and in providing high-quality education at every level. But we can't compete by looking inward. To move Massachusetts forward, we have to look outward to new markets," said Governor Patrick.

This visit was the first in a series of steps Governor Patrick took to strengthen the Massachusetts-China relationship. The agenda included meetings in Beijing and Shanghai with representatives from Chinese companies and universities focused on China's academic, research and development and commercial achievements.

While in China, Governor Patrick attended the Governor Deval Patrick the official opening of the Massachusetts Technology Center at the Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. The center is open to any business in Massachusetts for exhibiting and marketing products to Chinese companies.

Representatives from the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment signed a Letter of Intent with Zhangjang Hi-Tech Park in October 2007 to enhance trade and exchanges between these two regions and to increase brand awareness of Massachusetts.

Trip Highlights

  • Governor Patrick Highlights Progress on the Massachusetts-China Relationship

    BOSTON - Monday, December 10, 2007 - Governor Deval Patrick today highlighted progress made on the Massachusetts-China relationship during the Commonwealth's first governor-led trade mission to China in seven years, including agreements signed between life science and clean energy groups in Massachusetts and China, a new exchange opportunity for the University of Massachusetts and moving a step closer to nonstop air service from Boston to Beijing.
Governor Returns from China Trade Mission

"This was a powerful trip, and we have returned with many new opportunities for Massachusetts companies to do business or strengthen relationships in China," said Governor Patrick. "The openness to our universities and entrepreneurs was encouraging, and I look forward to the many benefits the follow up produces."

China Trade Mission