Dayton opens a trade office in Shanghai and celebrates the 30-year anniversary of Minnesota's sister state relationship with Shaanxi Province.By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

Gov. Mark Dayton recently returned from a trade mission to China that included a 50-member delegation of business and industry association executives, higher education leaders and state government officials.

China Insight prepared this article with information provided by the Minnesota Trade Office, along with comments from participants who went on the trade mission, which traveled to Beijing, Shanghai and Xian (the capital of Shaanxi Province) on June 8 to 17 for market and industry briefings, business matchmaking events, networking events and meetings with key U.S. and Chinese government officials.

According to a statement by Dayton prior to embarking on the trade mission, "Building relationships with Chinese leaders, expanding markets for Minnesota products and encouraging reverse investment are all aimed at growing our state's economy and crafting more jobs for Minnesotans." This was Dayton's sixth trip to China but his first as governor.

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Lt. Governor Molnau will lead a State of Minnestoa Trade mission to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau on December 5-12.  The Minnesota Trade Office is accepting applications from Minnesota companies interested in joining the mission to pursue trade opportunities with these markets. Applications are due no later than close of business October 24, 2008.

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The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Trade Mission and Familiarization Tour to China departing on March 20, 2009.  As the first Minnesota Chamber to lead a group to China, the Eden Prairie Chamber will be conducting an orientation program for anyone interested in participating on Oct. 23.  This program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Eden Prairie.

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