Missouri & Asia
5:34 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Nixon heads to Taiwan, South Korea on trade mission

A trade mission led by Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon heads to Taiwan and South Korea later this month.

The primary reason for the trip will be the signing of a letter of intent sealing Taiwan's purchase of $600 million of Missouri goods.

According to a press release from the Nixon's office, the deal will indicate a roughly 28 percent increase in Missouri exports to Taiwan, to about $88 million.

"Missouri farmers, engineers and scientists have the expertise, knowledge and drive to compete at home and around the world," Nixon said, "This agreement highlights Missouri's vital role in the global marketplace, and is another sign that our economy is moving in the right direction."

According to the same press release, Nixon and the other members of the trade mission will arrive in Taiwan on Dec. 11, and take part in meetings on Dec. 12, 13 and 14. On Dec. 14, the mission will travel to Seoul, South Korea, for the second portion of the trip to meet with government and business leaders.