Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends 110th Canton Trade Fair, meets Chinese Premier Wen

October 17, 2011

(Guangzhou, China) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynoldsattended the 110th Canton Trade Fair this weekend in Guangzhou, China. The Canton Trade Fair, also known as the China Import and Export Fair, is held biannually and is the largest gathering of traders in China.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds spoke to seven Chinese Vice Governors on the need for bilateral trade and the benefits of Iowa products. Reynolds highlighted Iowa’s agriculture quality, including Iowa’s pork, corn, soybeans, beef and other Iowa commodities.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds also met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo at the Canton Trade Fair. Premier Wen is the sixth and current Premier and Party Secretary of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China’s head of government and leading its Cabinet. Premier Wen is widely regarded as the leading figure behind China’s economy.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds is in China on an economic development trip with the National Lieutenant Governors Association. Delegates on the trip will attend meetings in both Shanghai and Beijing.  From 2000-2010, China was the largest contributor to the United States’ export growth of any major trading partner.  In that period, exports to China grew 468% while exports to the rest of the world grew at an average of 55%.         

In Shanghai and Beijing, the lieutenant governors are scheduled to meet with Chinese leaders in foreign affairs, aviation, and education.  Specifically, attendees and Chinese officials plan to discuss possibilities for trade and cooperation in aviation and approaches to science, technology and math education (STEM) at all educational levels. 

The lieutenant governors will also engage in a guided interactive exchange at one of the world’s largest showcases of urban development, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, and they will examine high speed rail, travelling on the fastest scheduled train in the world.

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