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Lt. Gov. Reynolds gives update on trade mission with the Iowa Soybean Association during conference call.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and the delegation from the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) updated reporters on their trade mission to Asia during a conference call on Monday, March 19 from Beijing.
During the call , Lt. Gov. Reynolds and ISA CEO Kirk Leeds described their visit so far as very positive. Lt. Gov. Reynolds was very pleased to have had the chance to meet with Vice President Xi. They discussed his February visit and Lt. Gov. Reynolds presented VP Xi with a photo album commemorating his recent trip to Iowa.
“This visit helps solidify the strong relationship that was forged in Iowa,” Lt. Gov. Reynolds said. “The meeting was a reaffirmation of a partnership that Governor Branstad and Vice President Xi established nearly 30 years ago. Our friendship with Vice President Xi is an important one that offers great potential that could help the people of Iowa. China imports more Iowa soybeans than all other countries combined and we look forward to a strong trading partnership with them in the future.”
The delegation said that China recognizes the importance of continuing to work together and wants Iowa and the agricultural community to remember that trade is a two-way-street. Lt. Gov. Reynolds expects several reverse trade missions made to Iowa in the future by government officials as well as business leaders.
Governor Branstad hopes to be able to visit China himself when VP Xi becomes the president and plans are underway to set up a visit of the “old friends” to China in the near future.
The group toured Ningbo Port on Wednesday and will travel to Shanghai on Thursday. The delegation will then travel to Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday before returning to Iowa on Tuesday, March 27.
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