Perdue: China full of opportunity for NC

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue speaks during the China-U.S. Governors Dialogue in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
October 19, 2011 6:21:08 PM PDT
ABC11 Eyewitness News arranged for special access to Governor Beverly Perdue during her trip to China as she meets with business leaders and other governors, who are in Beijing this week.

Perdue told ABC11 in an exclusive interview, the world's largest country is full of exciting opportunities for NC businesses.

"North Carolina's second largest trading partner is China with its 1.3 billion citizens," she said.

The governor is meeting with Chinese business people, hoping to convince them to invest in NC and import NC products. She says the trip has been successful.

"I have convinced many of the people here that North Carolina is the best state in America to live, work, play and do business," Perdue said. "And that's an important way to gain money and jobs for our state."

She also holds leadership positions in the National Governors Association and spoke at a meeting between U.S. governors and their Chinese provincial counterparts.

"On behalf of the nearly 10 million people who call NC home, it's critical that we continue to develop our relationships and our friendships with each of you and your citizens," she told the group.

The governor told ABC11 her trip to China is critical, and she's there representing the Tar Heel state just as other governors are in China trying to create new business for their states.

"There is a tremendous opportunity from agriculture to biopharma, to technology, to energy, you name it, and those abilities to export and import are alive and well for North Carolina," she added.

Governor Perdue is feeling especially optimistic about Lenovo after meeting at its Beijing world headquarters.

"I believe you'll have an announcement about them soon," she said. "I mean, again, their product is very exciting around the world." Lenovo is the world's second largest PC maker, and its headquarters is in Wake County.

The governor also is making hints about other announcements that could create jobs. She says those announcements will be made when she returns to NC.

Perdue has three more stops in China before she flies the Tokyo. She'll return to Raleigh on Tuesday.

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