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California governor to visit China for clean energy meeting

FILE -- Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the California Legislature Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown will travel to China to discuss clean energy policy with international leaders.

Brown announced Friday he'll attend an international energy conference in Beijing with delegates from nearly two dozen countries during his weeklong trip next month.

He will also visit Chengdu (CHUNG' DU') and Nanjing (NAN' JING').

Brown's office says the trip will strengthen climate, clean energy and economic ties with China. The Pacific Rim county is the world's top carbon polluter. The United States generates the second-largest amount of carbon pollution.

Combatting climate change is one of the governor's signature issues. He has led California to adopt some of the most ambitious anti-pollution policies in the United States.

Brown previously visited China in 2013 to discuss trade policy.

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