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Perdue says she’s encouraged by Asia business trip

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina must take a long-term view when it comes to expanding the state’s commercial interests in China.

Perdue is in the middle of a two-week economic development trip to Asia and spoke Thursday with reporters by phone from Beijing.

She says North Carolina already has a mature relationship with Japan grown over 30 years and generating 18,000 jobs in the state. In China, she’s looking for relationships with business and government officials that would bring jobs to the state but also allow North Carolina to export more goods there.

Perdue says Chinese officials are aware of North Carolina’s strong university system and its interest in developing “green” related jobs.

The governor was in Tokyo for several days and will head to Shanghai before going home Tuesday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina must take a long-term view when it comes to expanding the state’s commercial interests in China.

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