- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he’ll lead an eight-day trade mission to China in the fall.

Bullock announced the trip Monday and said it will take place Sept. 21-29. It will include stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Montana’s sister-state, Guangxi (GWANG’-shee).

Business, education and government leaders on the mission will focus on creating export opportunities for Montana businesses.

China is currently Montana’s third largest trading partner behind Canada and South Korea. Montana exports to China have increased almost tenfold in the last decade with $101 million of commodity goods sold to China in 2013.

Former Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China earlier this year, said in a statement that expanding trade to China is a priority and that he supports the mission.

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