August 30, all 80 members of the California State Legislature unanimously passed resolution 44th, expressing their active support for California's cooperation with China in the areas of economy, trade, education, tourism, humanities, technology, innovation, climate change and green development, and urged the U.S. President and Congress to support further strengthening the economic relationship between the United States and China, including California.
Once passed, the bill immediately aroused the attention of American opinion. The 44th resolution, on behalf of Silicon Valley State Congressman Rodalen, proposed a more detailed explanation of the economic relationship between China and the United States. The bill states that the California House of Representatives has decided to actively support California and the People's Republic of China to continue to co-ordinate cooperation in promoting mutually beneficial economic opportunities and to strengthen substantive cooperation in the areas of human exchange, trade, climate change, education, tourism, science and technology, innovation and green development.
The California legislature urged the U.S. President and Congress to support further action to strengthen economic relations between the United States and China, including California. California, located on the west coast of the United States, is the nation's largest population and the most economically powerful state. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, California's gross domestic product increased from 2016 to 2017 by $127 billion, or more than $2.7 trillion. China is California's largest trading partner and the biggest source of import and export market in California. California's trade with China amounted to $175.6 billion in 2017, accounting for about 28% of the country's total trading in China, topping all U.S. states. California governor Gordon Brown said at the China Week event in Los Angeles this May that globalisation is an inevitable trend and that the two countries can learn from each other and that trade wars are foolish.