Gov. Rick Perry spent his first full day in Beijing, China's capital, meeting with U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi.
"People in China and Texas share mutual aspirations of prosperity, education for our children, and jobs that pay the bills," Gov. Perry said. "We are working to expand and deepen the economic relationship between Texas and China, our third-largest trading partner. We want to increase the billions of dollars in trade that flow between us each year."
Gov. Perry and Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade met for lunch with Ambassador Huntsman, the former Governor of Utah.
Later in the afternoon, Gov. Perry met with Minister Yang Jiechi and encouraged further economic expansion of trade between Texas and China.
Also on Friday, Gov. Perry met with government officials and business leaders regarding potential investments in Texas, and received a regular briefing by his staff on current issues happening in Texas, including an update on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gov. Perry and a delegation of business and government leaders began the trip to China at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, expanding Texas' visibility in the world marketplace and promoting Texas tourism.
The governor and first lady's trips are being paid for by TexasOne, which is the fundraising program for the Texas Economic Development Corporation. No tax dollars are being used for the Perrys' travel and accommodations on this trip.