Snyder to lead 7th trade mission to China

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday he will lead a nine-day trade mission to China next month.

Snyder said the trip will focus on promoting job-creating business growth, attracting investment in Michigan and pushing the state as a tourist destination.

The trade mission is the Snyder administration’s seventh to China.

Editorial board meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder, Detroit, News, Tony Snow conference room, July 26, 2017,


“We have built strong relationships in China since our first mission in 2011," the governor said in a statement. "Chinese investment in Michigan has increased dramatically since then and we’ll continue to make the case that there is no better place in North America for Chinese companies to expand and create jobs than in Michigan.”

He also added: "Chinese travelers are now going all over the world and the United States more, this is a great opportunity to tell people about Pure Michigan tourism.” 

Snyder said the investment mission will leave for China on Sunday and return Aug. 8. Synder will be joined by state officials, Michigan Economic Development Corporation officials and representatives from 10 Michigan companies.

During the trip, the group will visit Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. It will meet with Chinese government officials, industry executives, educators and media.

Michigan ranked second in the nation for the number of investment projects from China in 2016, officials said. The state also ranked third in the nation for the number of jobs created by Chinese investment and fourth for total Chinese capital investment.

The state estimates it received $1.1 billion in new business investment from China between January 2010 and July 2017.