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Secretaries Locke and Chu to Travel to China Next Week

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 6, 2009

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Secretaries Locke and Chu to Travel to China Next Week

Pair Will Focus on Clean Energy Jobs and Technology

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will travel to China from July 14 to 17. The two secretaries will highlight the tremendous potential for mutually beneficial relationships in the clean energy sector.

“Today, we are more interdependent with China than at any point in the last 30 years,” Locke said. “The relationship between our two countries is of critical importance, and while great progress has been made in our cooperation on economic, trade and global terrorism fronts, there's much more to do.

“That's especially true in the clean energy sector. As China confronts climate change, there will be opportunities for American green technology companies to fill a critical need, creating jobs here and helping to curb pollution in China—a win-win for both counties.”

Most of the events will be in Beijing, but additional travel is scheduled outside the capital city. The secretaries will each depart the U.S. on Monday, July 13 and arrive on Tuesday, July 14.

“Clean energy will drive the economy of the future, both in the United States and around the world,” Chu said. “From renewable energy to more efficient buildings to carbon capture and storage, clean energy technologies can create millions of jobs. Working together, we can accomplish more than acting alone. It’s in our interest and China’s to explore ways to cooperate for our mutual benefit—by promoting renewable energy, encouraging energy efficiency and cutting pollution.”

Additional information about the trip will be released in the coming days.