Gov. Bev Perdue will lead an eight-day economic development mission to China and Japan next month.
Along with Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and other commerce department officials, the governor will visit Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Suzhou. She will also visit Tokyo while in Japan. Commerce officials will also hold meetings in Hong Kong and Nagoya.
Perdue will meet with business prospects and encourage them to invest in North Carolina and to buy Tar Heel products and services, according to the governor's office.
She will focus on high-growth potential sectors including energy, advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and information technology. She will also visit two Chinese universities that have partnerships with with North Carolina universities.
The governor will also participate in National Governors Association meetings that will be going on in China.
Over the last decade, international investment and job creation has accounted for about 15 percent of all investment and jobs in North Carolina, amounting to more than $9 billion in investments and 40,000 jobs, according to the governor's office.
China is North Carolina’s second largest trading partner now, exporting over $2.2 billion worth of products and services. Japan is North Carolina’s fourth largest trading partner, exporting more than $1.7 billion worth of products and services.