On December 6, 2011, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan met with Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa and former U.S. National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft in separate meetings in Zhongnanhai.
Wang said recent years have seen rapid development of local exchanges and cooperation between China and the United States, which reflects the mutually beneficial nature of bilateral relations and has brought tangible benefits to people in both countries. Both sides should enhance exchanges at all levels to build up mutual understanding and trust. He hoped that Los Angeles and Chinese provinces and cities could further beef up cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, investment, science and technology, tourism, culture and education. He said the China Association of Mayors and the U.S. Conference of Mayors should play a positive role in creating favorable conditions for cooperation between enterprises of both countries and promoting economic growth and employment expansion of the two countries.
Villaraigosa said Los Angeles is willing to enhance cooperation with China in all fields and welcomes Chinese companies investing in the city.
On the same day, Wang also met with Brent Scowcroft to discuss the current world economic situation and bilateral economic and trade cooperation.