Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon heads to China on trade mission

With Gov. Mark Dayton recently back from a trade mission to Japan and South Korea, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is packing for a trip to China on an economic development and trade journey.

She’ll join lieutenant governors from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska on a mission hosted by the National Lieutenant Governors Association, with the Chinese People’s Friendship Association with Foreign Countries and the China-US Exchange Foundation.

She’ll be there Oct. 14-20 to attend the Canton Trade Fair in Ghangzhou then travel on to meetings in Shanghai and Beijing.

The lieutenant governors will  talk with China Commerce Vice Minister Wang Chao about bilateral trade and at the China Import and Export Fair, they’ll meet directly with trade leaders from more than a half-dozen Chinese provinces.

In Shanghai and Beijing, they’ll meet with Chinese leaders in foreign affairs, aviation and education.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Patrick Shull on 10/11/2011 - 02:47 pm.

    Here is more ways our government wastes tax dollars. Hello US Government, we are not in the 18th century anymore. Last time I checked we are in the 21st century with modern technology. So instead of flying all over the world wasting our tax dollars, just pick up a phone and make a call, or wait, I forgot we have the internet and video cameras that we can use to connect with people all over this planet and can have conferences and or do what ever. But I forgot, all people who politicians, need to find new ways to waste even more money, just to make sure that we stay in debt. Come on fellow citizens, start yelling about wasted tax dollars from all politicians and make them do what the rest of us do and save our money to go on trips and in the mean time, we use the telephone and or internet to stay connected to our friends and family that live far from us.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/11/2011 - 06:25 pm.

    The whole notion of “trade missions” where politicians and bureaucrats travel abroad for the purpose of promoting commerce is not a valid role for government.

    In fact, the Commerce Department should be on the short list (along with the education, energy, agriculture, and labor) of departments that should be eliminated.

    It doesn’t mention it in this story but trade missions generally invite along companies that supported the administration in power, to the exclusion of companies that did not. That’s crony capitalism, that’s picking winners and losers and it’s not the role of government in a free society.

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