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A political moment of note: California Gov. Jerry Brown and a supporting cast of 90 assorted officials and acquaintances are journeying to China to drum up business for the Golden State, even as the North Korea drama rages to the East. Delegates shelled out $10,000 each for the trip, which will last about a week.

“I think we’re going to get billions of dollars in investment coming from China. We’re also going to facilitate billions of dollars in additional exports, not overnight, but over time,” Mr. Brown said while readying for the excursion. He arrives Tuesday, though the moment which will lack the celebrity firepower of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s visit to the nation eight years ago.

“Brown’s trip promises to be decidedly more low key, filled with mid-level government meetings and photo-op-ready handshake agreements,” says Los Angeles Times business reporter Anthony York.

“As delegates wait for Brown to arrive Tuesday afternoon, they will receive morning briefings on how to do business in China, before embarking on a walking tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Brown will make his first public appearance here at a delegation dinner which, according to the official itinerary, will feature California wine featured at President Obama’s 2013 inaugural ceremony,” Mr. York adds.

There’s money, too. A recent Asia Society report says California already has attracted $1.3 billion in investment deals from China in the past decade, primarily in entertainment industries and software.


• 61 percent of Americans say that if South Korea is attacked by North Korea, the U.S. should defend the South with military troops; 68 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of Democrats agree.

• 51 percent of Americans overall say the North Korean situation cannot be resolved through economic and diplomatic efforts alone; 62 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

• 41 percent overall say North Korea poses an “immediate threat” to the U.S.; 56 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of Democrats agree.

• 41 percent overall say North Korea poses a “long-term threat” to the U.S.; 33 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

• 16 percent overall say North Korea poses no threat; 7 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 1,012 U.S. adults conducted April 5 to 7.

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