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Gov. Gavin Newsom to visit Israel before heading to China

California Gov. Gavin Newsom arrives at a memorial for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Oct. 5, 2023, outside San Francisco City Hall. | Source: Noah Berger for The Standard

In a last-minute change of plans, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is making a brief stop in Israel Friday before heading to China.

Newsom had originally planned to make a swing through New York for "personal and political events," his office confirmed Thursday. Instead, the governor will visit Israel to meet with people impacted by recent violence in the country.

He will arrive in the country Friday and leave later that day.

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“The governor adjusted his planned international trip and will briefly visit Israel ahead of going to China," said Erin Mellon, Newsom's director of communications. "While in Israel, the governor will meet with those impacted by the violence.”

Newsom's office said that California has provided medical supplies to Israel.

In China, Newsom plans to visit five cities—Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai—as well as the province of Jiangsu, according to his office.

Newsom's itinerary on the weeklong trip includes meetings with local and national Chinese officials along with stops at centers of industry and commerce, including Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory.

Newsom's China visit comes just weeks before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, an annual trade event that will bring major heads of state and business leaders to the city in mid-November.