AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage will lead a trade mission to China in September, his office announced today.

The trip is being organized by the Maine International Trade Center and is coordinated with the U.S. Department of Commerce. The mission will begin in Hong Kong and will include a visit to Shanghai and surrounding areas.

“We are going where the growth and opportunity is for Maine’s major industry sectors,” LePage said in a press release. “Asia represents an increasingly important market for our natural resources products including pulp and paper, forestry, agricultural and seafood products.”

This will be LePage’s first overseas visit as governor. Last year, he announced in June he would lead a mission to Brazil, but decided in September not to go because of ongoing budget negotiations.

The China mission is scheduled for Sept. 9-15.

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