- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he hopes to assure Chinese officials of the country’s biosecurity as he travels to Asia next week to try to lure more business to the state.

Hutchinson told reporters Thursday that he wants to invite China’s top agriculture official to visit Arkansas and see the biosecurity measures that are in place for exports such as poultry. Hutchinson is scheduled to leave Nov. 15 for a trade mission to Japan and China.

Hutchinson told members of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce at the group’s annual meeting that the upcoming trip will help open more doors for the state and boost investment from the countries. He told reporters afterward that he hopes to attract Chinese businesses to the state, but said doing so will take time.

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