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Prime Minister’s Trip to US

The PMOS told journalists that this was, remarkably, the first ever visit to California by a serving British Prime Minister. The reason why was that it was the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world, but it was also an economy which was similar to ours in that it was a new economy which was increasingly based on heavy knowledge-based industries. These were based on innovation, commitment to education, developing biotechnologies, including stem cell research, and high tech industries. It was also very committed to taking on modern challenges such as climate change where the Governor had taken on a particularly high profile role. In terms of the linkages, there were 500 UK companies operating in California, creating 120,000 jobs there. With regards to the trade balance, we exported $5.2 billion worth of products to California and we imported $15 billion worth of products from California. The PMOS then gave details of the events the Prime Minister would be attending on climate change, biotechnology, and also, the speeches that he would be giving to News International on "Leadership in the Modern World" and to the World Forum on the Middle East and other current international issues.

Asked if the Prime Minister would meet Governor Schwarzenegger, the PMOS said that they would meet at the climate change grand forum.

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