LePage, businesses leave Saturday for China trade mission

Posted Sept. 04, 2012, at 10:36 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage, the state’s economic development commissioner, academic recruiters, business representatives and others are taking off for China this weekend for a week-long trade mission aimed at developing a market for Maine products in the world’s largest nation.

The State of Maine Trade Mission will be LePage’s first overseas trip as governor.

Representatives from the medical device, biotechnology, seafood and other sectors will be part of the delegation, according to a news release from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

Recruiters from Maine schools and universities will also participate. According to the Department of Economic and Community Development, about 1,000 Chinese students are currently enrolled in Maine schools, mostly at the high school level. A small, but growing number of Chinese students are enrolled in Maine universities, according to the department.

The delegation will begin the week-long trip in Hong Kong and travel to Shanghai on Sept. 12.