Maine trade mission headed to China

9:54 AM, Sep 4, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage will lead Maine business professionals, academic recruiters and government representatives on a weeklong trade mission to China.

The group leaves Saturday for a trip that will include stops in Hong Kong and Shanghai. It' LePage's first overseas mission as governor.

LePage says the mission's all about boosting Maine's export trade, developing investment contacts and increasing business attraction. Educational institutions also see a promising market in China. About 1,000 Chinese students are now enrolled in the Maine's schools.

The trade mission begins in Hong Kong, proceeds to Shanghai on Sept. 12, and concludes when the delegation returns to Maine Sept. 15.

Maine International Trade Center President Janine Cary says the past year has seen increased demand for trade assistance related to China. The mission is mostly privately funded.

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