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Oakland Mayor Quan Seeks Trade From China’s Growing Middle Class

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (www.jeanquanforoakland.org)

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan speaking at a rally during her campaign for mayor. (www.jeanquanforoakland.org)

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OAKLAND (KCBS) — Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is planning a three-city visit to China next month. Her business trip will include a meeting with two major Chinese investment groups and a bar in Hong Kong with Oakland connections.

Mayor Quan said the Chinese have developed a huge taste for red wines and that their middle class is starting to travel.

“There’s a consortium of East Bay wineries that have opened up a bar in Hong Kong to sell our wines, so I promised to make a stop and go by their bar,” she said.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Oakland is one of the few ports in the country that exports as much as it imports according to Quan, but she hopes that its close proximity to wine country, San Francisco, and Monterey will attract travelers to the East Bay and its cheaper hotel rooms.

The mayor’s trip to China will be the second week of May and includes Beijing and Shenzhen where she will encourage tourism and investment.

“I’ve been really trying to convince one of the airlines to come into Oakland and buy some hotels and to run all their tourism out of Oakland,” said Quan.

As the first female Chinese American mayor of a major U.S. city, Quan has received plenty of press coverage in China.

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