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Antioch Mayor, Other Leaders Visit China To Foster Investment, Tourism

by CLAYCORD.com
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Multiple city leaders from the Bay Area were in the Chinese city of Chongqing on Monday as part of a weeklong trip intended to foster investment, business and tourism exchanges between China and cities in Northern California.

The May 19-26 trip was organized by Palo Alto-based nonprofit China Silicon Valley, which was formed in 2012 to improve business cooperation, create jobs, increase economic activity, facilitate investment and international trade and promote communications between China and the Silicon Valley region.

This year marked the first return trip to China since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and included Antioch Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe, Oakley Mayor Anissa Williams, Saratoga Mayor Yan Zhao, East Palo Alto Mayor Antonio Lopez, Morgan Hill Mayor Pro Tem Marilyn Librers, San Carlos Mayor John Dugan, and Victor Wang, founder and chairman of China Silicon Valley.

Hernandez-Thorpe shared that he was eager to promote Antioch’s economic strengths and potential for job expansion and strategic trade.

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“I know for sure that Antioch will be following up, because we talked about the deep-water ports in Antioch,” he said, referring to the port off Wilbur Avenue that recently welcomed its first shipment of cars from China.

Hernandez-Thorpe said the group met with government officials in Hong Kong on their first day, along with leaders from Invest Hong Kong, the government department responsible for foreign direct investment, and the privately funded China-United States Exchange Foundation, which aims to encourage constructive dialogue between the people of China and the U.S.

With Antioch ramping up to break ground on two warehousing facilities, Hernandez-Thorpe expressed a particular interest in Invest Hong Kong, whose leaders he said were interested in developing businesses in the west with a focus on fashion and advanced manufacturing industries.

In the days ahead, the group will focus on cultural exchange and economic growth opportunities, Hernandez-Thorpe said.

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“We’re not the same city we were four or five years ago,” continued Hernandez-Thorpe. “Having our deep-water ports and actually utilizing them puts us in a different category.”

Mayor Williams said that Oakley is a young community but it’s rapidly growing.

“I see this trip as an opportunity to extend relationships with a world economy that is focused on technology and an increasing foothold in the green/sustainable space,” she said Monday. “Through these connections, my hope is to bring a wealth of jobs to not only our city but our region as a whole.”

24 comments


Concord Guy May 21, 2024 - 10:04 AM - 10:04 AM

Boondoggle.

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Just Saying May 21, 2024 - 10:10 AM - 10:10 AM

Yep, Thorpe telling them to come visit Antioch. No one in their right mind would visit Antioch.

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Kevin May 21, 2024 - 10:13 AM - 10:13 AM

In what universe do these people live?

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THE BLACK KNIGHT May 21, 2024 - 2:27 PM - 2:27 PM

KEVIN,
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These people live in a dream world! It reminds of when former Concord City Councilmember Ron Leone wanted the Concord army base (MOTCO) to close so that Concord could annex the property, including the deep water port, to make Concord a “cruise ship destination.” The big thing all these local city councilmembers are pushing is making their city a “destination city,” in a bid to increase sales tax generation. They’re looking for people to spend money on hotel/motel lodging, eating out, and souvenir shopping. This way of thinking is the entire reason for the future Concord Sports Tournament Park to be built on the former CNWS property. It’s not something for the residents of Concord to use, but it’s meant to generate sales tax dollars from visitors. This was the same thinking that went into approving “The Veranda,” the developers said they weren’t building the shopping center for Concord residents to use, but in was built to attract high-income travelers passing buy on I680.

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No Excuses May 21, 2024 - 5:08 PM - 5:08 PM

The universe you and I pay for ……. The Sleazeball Electorates’ Tourism & World-travel Slush Fund.

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No Excuses May 21, 2024 - 5:21 PM - 5:21 PM

After seeing other comments, I had to check the Commie Chinese money men out: https://www.influencewatch.org/organization/china-u-s-exchange-foundation-cusef/

I’m amazed that the U.S. even allows this travel at this time… and the people who elected these “world travelers” should take control and stop this. The CCP tries to buy influence…and properties where-ever it can.

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Babel bobby May 21, 2024 - 10:51 AM - 10:51 AM

Lamar trying get fentanyl for the low 😉 he isn’t no leader

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Dawg May 21, 2024 - 11:24 AM - 11:24 AM

I can see it now, Chinese tourists getting mugged in Antioch.

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Sid May 21, 2024 - 12:16 PM - 12:16 PM

Junket, waste of taxpayers money…

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THE BLACK KNIGHT May 21, 2024 - 1:59 PM - 1:59 PM

SID,
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It shouldn’t be costing taxpayers anything,, the China-United States Exchange Foundation is supposed to cover the costs of the trip.

Ed May 21, 2024 - 4:34 PM - 4:34 PM

Not entirely true, salaries are still being paid for non productive time…

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THE BLACK KNIGHT May 21, 2024 - 10:25 PM - 10:25 PM

ED,
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Did they miss city council meetings? While I’m not overly hopeful they’ll bring back economic investments for their cities, for themselves is more likely, but it really remains to be seen if their trip was “non-productive.” I’d rather that we stop doing business with China altogether, but those elected to all levels of government don’t seem to want to take that path.

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Bob May 21, 2024 - 12:19 PM - 12:19 PM

Gotta check in with the bosses.

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Saynogo May 21, 2024 - 12:32 PM - 12:32 PM

Mayor Thorpe should visit his own damn city. Then he would know what a dump it is. I have to take a shower just driving through it from the freeway.

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Hope Johnson May 21, 2024 - 12:34 PM - 12:34 PM

Interesting. Congress wants to limit freedom of info for the general public based on its claim China owns Tik Tok. Nancy Pelosi told the public protesting the murder of civilians in Gaza that they should “go back to China” where “their headquarters is located.” But all is good if you are an elected politician or staff member from Antioch or SF who can travel to China to meet with its government out of the public eye. Is there any doubt all this censorship has nothing to do with truth and everything to do with our government’s desire to control media propaganda?

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V May 21, 2024 - 2:28 PM - 2:28 PM

THANK YOU, SO TRUE, ON OUR WAY TO COMMUNIST CAPITALISM

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Original G May 21, 2024 - 12:37 PM - 12:37 PM

That would be the same antioch mayor who has never found a television camera he didn’t love, now wants to do business with Communist china.
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That has impeccable and rational self control,
it’s so unfortunate he gets picked on so much . . . . (sarcasm)
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Antioch Mayor Wants To Fight Resident After Public Comment
That resident is a former U.S. MARINE who would have cleaned his clock then mopped the floor with him.
https://youtu.be/WWSZad19WXY?t=132

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domo May 21, 2024 - 1:58 PM - 1:58 PM

…. baloney – they just want a taxpayer paid vacation … people from China touring Antioch? yeah right – who are they trying to bs?

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V May 21, 2024 - 2:30 PM - 2:30 PM

ALL B/S.
CLEAN UP AMERICA, GET RID OF COMMUNIST CAPITALISM, PROPAGANDA & BAD POLITICIANS.

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THE BLACK KNIGHT May 21, 2024 - 2:32 PM - 2:32 PM

I’m shocked that Concord Mayor Edi Birsan didn’t get himself invited to take part on this trip.

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MAGA SAM May 21, 2024 - 6:19 PM - 6:19 PM

He must have had too much money to pick up from the weed businesses in concord. Gotta make those rounds you know.

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Lou May 21, 2024 - 3:51 PM - 3:51 PM

So very sad that these Elected Officials don’t know China is are enemy.

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The Fearless Spectator May 21, 2024 - 5:20 PM - 5:20 PM

I take it Lamar didn’t drive them to the airport………

Moi2 May 22, 2024 - 5:21 AM - 5:21 AM

Ask the Philippines what happens when Red China comes to your country offering the Silk Road Project. Mexico also has China running all of their ports and building their own
Military bases. Lamar another traitor like Breed and Newscum!


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