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Brewer planning China ‘trade mission’

Gov. Jan Brewer toasts for future good relations between Arizona and China with Chairman Wu Banggou of the National People's Congress of China in Phoenix Sept. 6, 2009. (Photo from www.azgovernor.gov)

Gov. Jan Brewer will be racking up some frequent flier miles next month when she heads up a team of Arizona government officials and business leaders that will be traveling to China in hopes of attracting Chinese business investments in Arizona.

“She will be leading a trade mission to China,” gubernatorial spokesman Matthew Benson said. “This is a big deal.”

He said the governor is tentatively scheduled to be out of the country from Sept. 14 through Sept. 21. The trip was organized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Arizona Tech Council, and will also be attended by local business leaders.

While in China, Brewer will visit Shanghai, Chegdu and Beijing.

Benson said the Governor’s Office will be paying for Brewer and two aides – Chief of Staff Eileen Klein and Director of Community Affairs Kim Sabow – to travel to China. He said the Arizona Commerce Authority will also be sending three officials, including CEO Don Cardon.

In 2009, Arizona was the first stop of a tour of the United States for Wu Bannaguo, the chairman of China’s National People’s Congress. State records also show China is Arizona’s third-largest trading partner.

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