Alison Lundergan Grimes travels to China on economic development trip

06/02/2015 01:05 PM

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is taking part in a week-long trip to China to promote economic development efforts.

Grimes, along with five secretaries of state, left the country May 30 in an effort to bolster relations with the nation by “providing information about Kentucky, its business climate and economic development opportunities,” according to a press release sent Monday.

“Already in my tenure, more than 100,000 new businesses have started up in Kentucky,” Grimes said. “I’m excited and honored to have this unique opportunity to share the advantages Kentucky has to offer to new and expanding businesses.”

The trip to China is coordinated and completely funded by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, according to a press release from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The delegation of secretaries of state is scheduled to spend time in several Chinese cities and meet with government and business officials.

China is Kentucky’s fifth largest export partner, and multiple multinational corporations headquartered in Kentucky have offices in the eastern nation including: Lexmark, KFC/Yum! Brands, Brown Forman, and Ashland Oil.

More than $1.6 billion in Kentucky products, mainly in the aerospace industry, was exported to China in 2014.

Grimes is running for a second term as secretary of state she faces Republican Steve Knipper, a business analyst and IT project manager, in the general election.

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