Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is visiting Beijing on Monday for his first stop on a 10-day trip to try to drum up Asian business for the city.
Other stops include Shanghai, to Tokyo and Sendai in Japan and Seoul, South Korea. In a statement, the mayor said “the future of Los Angeles is tied closely to our neighbors in the Pacific Rim.”
During the trip, Villaraigosa plans to meet with Chinese national leaders and the mayors of Shanghai and Seoul. He’ll speak to a trade association in Korea. He and members of his staff also expect to visit the earthquake-ravaged area of Sendai to learn about its disaster response.
L.A. World Airports chief Gina Marie Lindsey is on the trip to try and attract more business after billions of dollars in improvements at L.A. International Airport.
Six business leaders, including former U.S. Commerce secretary and L.A. attorney Mickey Cantor, will head out on the trip as well.