Quinn to make 1st visit to China

September 15, 2011 7:55:53 AM PDT
Gov. Pat Quinn is leaving for his first trip to China on Friday.

The governor will arrive in China Saturday for an 8-day trade mission designed to strengthen Illinois' exports and foreign direct investment, according to a news release.

"Illinois' relationship with China and with Chinese businesses is an extremely important part of not only helping our economy grow but also making sure Illinois continues to be a strong competitor in today's global marketplace," Quinn said in the release. "Trade and investment in China are essential to growing our economy and during this trip, we will promote Illinois' exports and encourage Chinese companies to invest in Illinois."