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Perdue begins trade mission to Japan, China

Posted October 15, 2009

— Gov. Bev Perdue's first overseas trade mission will focus on building ties with North Carolina's second- and fourth-largest trading partners – China and Japan.

The 12-day trip begins Thursday. Perdue will arrive Friday in Tokyo in advance of a meeting that promotes commerce among eight Southeastern states and Japan.

She'll travel next week to Beijing and later Shanghai, visiting businesses and meeting trade and government officials. There will be school visits in between.

The state will pay about $77,000 for Perdue, Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, four of their staff members and security. Corporations and economic development booster groups will pay $95,000 for business-related events.

Perdue's husband, Bob Eaves, also will travel but won't go on the state's dime.

Perdue talked about the trip in WRAL.com's Ask Anything Q&A with viewers:

"We’re going to Asia with one mission: to grow jobs in North Carolina. I’ve said since my first day in office that my No. 1 priority is creating and saving jobs in North Carolina," Perdue said. "We are competing on a global level for jobs and businesses, and our economy will be left behind if we do not act aggressively and form partnerships with our major international economic partners, including China and Japan.

"More than half of the trip’s expenses will be paid for with non-state funds, and we will make every dollar go as far as possible.

"As second and fourth largest trading partners, China and Japan represent significant growth opportunities for our state – especially in an economic downturn. When this recession ends, North Carolina must be poised to come out with strong economic relationships that allow us to create jobs in this state. This trip will help us do just that."

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  • lkanzig Oct 15, 7:13 p.m.

    bev who do you think you are? wasting taxpayers money by having your husband go with you? are the kids going as well? boosting nc trade, please we are tired of your lies! all you are doing is making a trip there and making taxpayers pay for it!
    BEV YOU ARE JUST LIKE EASLEY AND MAKE THE PEOPLE OF NC ASHAMED OF THEIR SO CALLED LEADERS! STEP DOWN, RESIGN OR WHATEVER. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU LEAVE NC POLITICS!

  • Here kitty kitty Oct 15, 7:02 p.m.

    Hre's what you do, Bev: order the large and biggie size it, get full then give to hubby. That way he eats but the state hasn't paid for his, just yours. He sleeps in your state-paid room. Rides in your taxpayer-paid taxi with you. Wow for a trip not paid for with state dollars he sure is benefitting...

  • Here kitty kitty Oct 15, 6:30 p.m.

    We get enough Chinese and Japanese junk here. Why do we need more? Bring back some of the jobs we sent over there!!!!

  • RKBA Oct 15, 6:23 p.m.

    Bev's Boondoggle!

    Maybe she too can find $50 hamburgers to order on our nickel!

  • news4u Oct 15, 5:18 p.m.

    Unemployment is Up! Foreclosures are Up! ...and Perdue flies to China?

    Wish she'd take a Slow Boat to China!

    Maybe she's returning the Shoddy Sheetrock!

  • Frank Downtown Oct 15, 5:15 p.m.

    Please bring back alot of trade opportunties and jobs!!

  • Professor Oct 15, 2:50 p.m.

    HOW CAN PURDUE EVEN THINK OF SMILING WITH THE UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE SITUATION IT IS?

  • Professor Oct 15, 2:39 p.m.

    WASTED TAX PAYERS MONEY; WHILE THE UNEMPLOYED IS STILL TRYING TO FIND WORK. SHAME ON YOU PURDUE!! YOU ARE ABUSING YOUR POSITION.

  • speedy Oct 15, 2:14 p.m.

    Did she fly commercial or is she chartering?

  • smegma Oct 15, 2:08 p.m.

    i guess bevvy will give them hundreds of millions in tax breaks just like her successful ploy with dell

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