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Beebe satisfied with trip to China

By David Harten

This article was originally published April 18, 2012 at 11:29 a.m. Updated April 18, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.


Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe spoke with the media about his 12-day trip to China on Wednesday afternoon at the State Capital.

Beebe speaks on China trip

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe spoke with the media about his trip to China on Wednesday morning.

— Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe talked at length with the media on Wednesday morning about his trip to China, explaining a lot of the differences, similarities, projects and challenges that accompanied the visit.

The 12-day trip included visits to various provinces with dignitaries from across the country. Beebe visited several Wal Mart franchises and got to know exactly what it would take to bring China and Arkansas closer together in terms of economic relations.

"In some (places) we're in medium stages, along the way," Beebe said. "They have an interest in coming to the United States. They didn't know much about Arkansas, and we're trying to get our foot in there."

During the 20-minute press conference, Beebe said there is one China-based company that is on the cusp of getting into serious economic talks with the state, with a second on the way.

This also may not be the last overseas trip for Beebe this year. The governor said there is a possibility of trip to France during the summer, this one based around agriculture. Nothing has been finalized, but Beebe said the French government would be the ones footing the bill for the trip.

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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