- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will lead a group of business and education leaders on a nearly weeklong trade mission to China.

Owen’s office announced Wednesday that he would be leaving Thursday and returning next Tuesday. He will be joined by about 30 people, including state schools Superintendent Randy Dorn. They will participate in the “Washington State Day in Shantou” event this weekend in the southeastern China city.

Also on the trip will be Miss Washington Kailee Dunn, who will make a presentation about the state’s agricultural products. The event is one of a series organized in China to promote state exports, Owen’s office said.

Owen will promote investing in Washington state, and also plans to tour schools in the area.

Owen’s office says the trip is being paid for by Washington State Day in Shantou Committee, a business group based in Seattle.

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