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Michigan seeks new opportunities in China, Japan

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Staff writer ▼ | September 4, 2013
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is on his way to China and Japan where he expects to build on relationships established on two earlier trips to Asia. The trip will be paid for by donations to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., not by taxpayers.
Rick SnyderMichigan Governor Rick Snyder is on his way to China and Japan where he expects to build on relationships established on two earlier trips to Asia. The trip will be paid for by donations to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., not by taxpayers.


"This will be three years now and we've come a long way. This is about building longer term relationships that can add great value. We're on that path and it's working," said Governor Snyder.

Governor wouldn't guarantee any immediate trade announcements would result from the trip, though he said there could be deals announced involving Michigan companies whose representatives are accompanying him on the mission.

He said the level of officials he is able to meet with and the subject matters discussed improves on each trip: "I have good expectations that we'll see positive progress". Governor didn't provide a cost estimate for the trip but said that like past trade missions, it will be paid for by donations to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., not by taxpayers.

Michael Shore, a spokesman for the MEDC, said MEDC corporate funds and funds from the federal Small Business Administration will also help pay for parts of the trip.

Mr. Snyder is to arrive Thursday in Shanghai, where he will speak at the Pure Michigan Tourism Forum for Chinese media and tour operators, hosted by the MEDC. The governor is also scheduled to meet in Shanghai with Chinese business executives, pitching the advantages of investing in Michigan.

The delegation is to fly to Chongqing in southwest China for meetings with business and government leaders on Friday and Saturday.

Late Saturday, Governor Snyder will go to Tokyo, where he will be a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Japan Midwest U.S. Association. He is also scheduled to meet in Japan with Governor Yukiko Kada of Shiga Prefecture and other high-ranking Japanese government officials, as well as business executives.

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