Pawlenty Plans Asian Trade TripMinnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is headed back to Asia to lead a state trade mission to China and Japan in September.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is headed
back to Asia to lead a state trade mission to China and Japan in
The overseas trip comes a few months before he leaves office.
Pawlenty announced the Sept. 8-19 trip on Friday. It will be his
third visit to China and first to Japan.
In his two terms as governor, Pawlenty previously led trade
missions to Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, India,
Israel and Poland.
Pawlenty says his return to China is a recognition of the
country's growing importance as a Minnesota export market.
According to the state trade office, China imports more than $1
billion of Minnesota products every year, making the second biggest
trade market after Canada.