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Trip to China "long overdue," says Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Snyder will travel on his first trade mission later this month.  The Governor will travel to Japan, China, and Korea, to encourage Asian companies to invest and expand in Michigan. 

Snyder says the China part of his trip in particular is long overdue. 

Snyder will be the first Michigan governor to go to China since the Engler administration.

He says Chinese companies may not be aware that a lot has changed for the good in the state since then, like the elimination of the Michigan Business Tax, and a new approach to regulation.

"Too often regulators in our state had the approach that people or organizations were bad and should be controlled.  That’s backwards!" Snyder told a meeting of the Detroit Chinese Business Association in Detroit.  " The environment we’re gonna bring is one of customer service and the recognition that the average business person and the average citizen are good honest people."

The six-day trade mission will take the Governor to Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul.  

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.