Michigan governor heading to China for 9-day investment trip

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is leaving this weekend on a nine-day investment mission to China.

The Republican governor says he plans to focus on promoting business growth that will create jobs, attract investment in Michigan and promote Michigan as a tourist destination. He’s scheduled to leave on Sunday and return to Michigan on Aug. 8.

“We have built strong relationships in China since our first mission in 2011. Chinese investment in Michigan has increased dramatically since then and we’ll continue to make the case that there is no better place in North America for Chinese companies to expand and create jobs than in Michigan,” Snyder said.

Snyder will visit Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hangzhou, where he will promote Michigan business opportunities, visit companies and meet with government leaders. He will participate in forums in Guangdong and Sichuan on trade, tourism, education and other topics.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp., 10 Michigan companies and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Director Jamie Clover Adams also are among those traveling to China.

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