A flurry of private Chinese investment into Hollywood should prompt Beijing to loosen its restrictions on U.S. film imports, the mayor of Los Angeles said in China on Friday as he urged officials to raise the country’s annual cap on foreign films. Hollywood producers, eager to build ties to the world’s second-largest film market, have embraced an influx of Chinese capital in recent years, leading to a series of high-profile partnerships. Chinese authorities have gradually raised the annual quota of foreign films to 34 but state censors still keep a firm grip over what may be shown. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is leading a two-week trade mission across three Asian countries, raised the issue of foreign film quotas - a longstanding source of U.S.-China trade friction - during a meeting with Chinese vice minister of foreign affairs Zhang Yesui in Beijing on Friday. ‘I hope the Chinese government will see (Chinese companies’) profits coming in, and their stake in more movies coming in from the West,’ Garcetti said. ‘Our best advocates are going to be Chinese companies who have a stake in this opening up.’ Former Warner Bros film chief Jeff Robinov announced in June the creation of a new studio reportedly with $200 million backing from Fosun International, one of China’s largest private conglomerates.