SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A delegation from Sacramento is heading overseas this week, hoping to cement lucrative trade ties with a Chinese city of nearly 30 million people.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( http://bit.ly/19hPEgO) nearly three dozen officials from the city of Sacramento, local food and agricultural companies, and clean technology firms will travel to Chongqing, China, to take part in an annual trade and commerce show.

Last summer, Sacramento signed a memorandum of understanding to develop business and educational ties between the cities.

On April 16, the city opened a trade office in Chongqing—believed to be its first foreign trade consulate.

The newspaper says the trade office is funded by $96,688 from Sacramento's general fund budget.

The city is also paying for two employees to attend the trade show this week.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com