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Idaho Business Leaders Praise China Trade Mission

Business leaders who traveled with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on his recent trade mission to China say the trip was a success.

KIVI-TV reports that business leaders say they will likely see a lasting impact as a result of the trade meetings.

Otter and representatives of the state's milk, potato, wheat and hay industries visited Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou between Oct. 28 and Nov. 5 to promote trade between the cities.

Otter says personal relationships are important to business deals in China, meaning the trip was invaluable for future deals.

Idaho's exports to China totaled $560 million in 2015 — an increase of more than 16 percent from 2014 that makes China the second-largest export market for Idaho.

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