Gov. Mike Beebe’s first Chinese interview hit the news wire this morning.
The Arkansas Governor is on a 10-day trade mission to the Asian powerhouse in hopes of expanding trade opportunities and recruiting business to the Natural State.
In an interview with Xinhua News Agency, Beebe emphasized several points made in advance of his overseas trip.
The China visit mainly focuses on encouraging two-way trade between Arkansas and China, and therefore creating more jobs and business opportunities for both sides, said the Governor.
“It will be mutually beneficial and help both countries,” he said. Beebe added that Arkansas has a very diversified economy, and boasts opportunities in agriculture, manufacturing, high-tech industries and transportation.
The regulatory agencies of the Arkansas Government will make regulations more easily to comply with, he said, and can help guide, cooperate and assist businesses in a “business-friendly” way.
In addition to economic and trade cooperation, the Governor also expressed his strong willingness to promote exchanges with China in tourism, high-tech industries and the energy sector.
“Arkansas is one of the four U.S. states that weren’t affected by the financial crisis,” the Governor said. “It is a robust and secure place for investment.”
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