Beshear plans trade mission to Japan, China

October 01, 2009 | | Comments 3
Gov. Steve Beshear

Gov. Steve Beshear

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear and Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes will leave Saturday for a seven-day trade mission to Japan and China.

The trip will mark the second visit by the governor to Japan and his first visit to China as governor.

“Our national and state economy continues to face significant challenges, even as we are seeing important glimmers of hope,” Beshear said in a statement.

“I will go wherever I need to go – whether it’s around the block or around the globe – to aggressively court and recruit high-paying jobs to Kentucky, the kind of jobs that will accelerate our economic recovery.”

In Japan, Beshear said he will work to establish relationships with businesses considering new investments in Kentucky, and to continue to strengthen relationships with firms that are operating and growing in the state, such as Toyota Motor Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd. and Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.

Following Japan, the Beshears and Hayes will depart for China.

Since opening the Kentucky China Trade Center in Beijing in 2006, the state has worked to develop long-term relationships with Chinese government officials and business leaders.

“It’s critical that Kentucky have an important role as our country develops even closer ties to China. We have a strong foothold in this country now. That role and that relationship need to expand significantly in the coming years,” Beshear said.

The state delegation also will try to bring attention to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held next fall in Lexington.

–Jack Brammer

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  1. Jeff Matz says:

    At least this visit to China makes sense, why legislatures need to go is WAY beyond me other than they to are wanting to EXCEED their responsibilities and enjoy the perks of travel on another’s dime.

    But our LEGISLATURES always like pointing the fingers at others and say “Do as I say, no as I do”…

    In these times, our Legislatures need to focus on Kentucky and the law of our future instead of WASTING money that their poor leadership contributed to not being available.

  2. Jim Anderson Stivers says:

    Am I misguided?


    If this Governor and ED goo loo Hays think they are going to make much of an impression on China then it will have to come with lots of perks. Oh, I have it.
    Secretary Hays and Joe Prather . . . own some nice acres in Hardin County they sure would have not problem selling to THE COMMUNIST.

    I wonder at a time when many are “hurting” I find it not very well thought out, spending thousands of dollars on travel and dining and souvenirs in a Communist Country.

    You might way well, THE FEDS DO BUSINESS WITH CHINA!

    Yeah, and CHINA is holding billions of dollars of our debt paper that could be called in anytime.

    What does our Government do then???? They PRINT MORE MONEY.

    Now, as far as Japan . . . Well the Governor needs to talk to those Japanese guys that were going to build two new plants in Kentucky to feed the Japanese car makers. The ones he bragged about during that expensive, non productive trip to Japan last year.

    How long before China and General Motors will be importing cheap made, unsafe cars from China? General Motors is already partners with the Chinese to build autos and small trucks in China.

    When perfect . . . look out. The CHINA\GM CARS will be cheap. Dealers will jump on the chance top sell a cheap vehicle, but at a good profit. Then what happens to the recovery of the US Auto Market?????

    It is a bad call during these pressing times and IMO, irresponsible.

  3. Jim Anderson Stivers says:

    Is this the kind of partner Kentucky would like to have as a business partner with free taxes.

    Interesting read:

    Redden: China’s 60th Anniversary

    By: Anne C. LeeThu Oct 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Don’t get all worked up by the headline, Sinophiles. We’re talking about the 60th birthday of the founding of the People’s Republic, which Mao Zedong declared on October 1, 1949. Here’s a look at China then and now.