Kitzhaber plans new trade mission to Asia

Kitzhaber plans new trade mission to Asia
FILE - Gov. John Kitzhaber (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. John Kitzhaber plans a 10-day October trip to China and Japan to promote Oregon products and attract new investment to his state.

The governor also led a business and trade mission to Asia last September, when he visited South Korea, China and Japan.

In announcing the trip Wednesday, the governor said promoting Oregon products is vital at a time when the state's economy is increasingly dependent on global sales.

Kitzhaber says Japan is Oregon's most important export market for agricultural products and China is the state's second-largest trading partner.

Public and private sector leaders will accompany the governor, who plans to leave Oct. 14 and return Oct. 25.

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