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Gov. Deal to lead trade mission to Asia

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ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal will head to Asia next week with the goal of exploring opportunities for business, trade and tourism.

Deal will lead a delegation of state officials and business leaders on the 9-day trip to China and Japan. Deal said in a statement the trip "emphasizes the state's commitment to continuing to build on these key relationships."

The group plans to visit Shanghai, Qingdao and Jinan in the People's Republic of China as well as Tokyo.

State officials say China represents a significant growth market for Georgia and is already the second-largest export destination for Georgia businesses. With more than $3.6 billion in exports annually, Georgia leads the United States in exports of carpets, poultry, aircraft and wood products to China.

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