Gov. Rick Snyder celebrates sister state agreement with Sichuan

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Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Michigan-Sichuan sister state agreement during the fourth full day of his China investment mission, further strengthening the friendly cooperation and economic activity between the people of Michigan and Sichuan.

Snyder was joined by Sichuan Governor Yin Li and other government, business and education leaders at the anniversary celebration held Friday in Chengdu.

“We are proud to celebrate 35 years of this long-term friendship between Michigan and Sichuan, and we look forward to 35 more years of friendship and collaboration,” Snyder said. “Our agreement represents a mutual commitment to continue our positive relationship and further promote the economic and cultural development of our two regions.”

The agreement establishes a relationship to strengthen friendly contacts between state and province and to carry out cooperation and exchanges in industry and agriculture, economic activities and trade, science and technology, culture and education, sports and health, travel and tourism and other fields.

The agreement was originally signed by Gov. William Milliken in 1982, renewed by Gov. James Blanchard in 1984, and renewed again by Snyder in 2012.

The event was one of many highlights of the first week of Snyder’s China investment mission, where he and a delegation of job providers from Michigan have met with Chinese government officials and company executives to promote statewide business opportunities.

Earlier in the day on Friday, he participated in the Michigan-Sichuan Exchange Forum, a state-provincial exchange focused on trade and investment. Attended by government officials, company executives, and education leaders, the forum included breakout sessions on trade, foreign direct investment, agriculture, education, and tourism. Following the forum, Snyder spoke to reporters at two media roundtables focused on tourism and investment opportunities in Michigan.

“We continue to tell the story that Michigan is a great place to visit, a great place for business investment, and home to companies who are world-class leaders in countless goods and services,” Snyder told Chinese reporters at the roundtables. “Michigan’s natural beauty is matched by a manufacturing base that is recognized across the globe for technology leadership and a skilled workforce unmatched anywhere in North America.”

Snyder spent Thursday in Shenzhen, where Snyder met with executives from a tech start-up that is developing autonomous vehicle technologies. He also met with top government officials from the city of Shenzhen.

Over the weekend, Snyder will make a series of additional company visits to increase Michigan export opportunities and make the case for Chinese companies to invest and create jobs in Michigan.

The trip marks the Snyder administration’s seventh mission to China. Other missions led by Snyder or Lt. Gov. Brian Calley have included France, Japan, South Korea, Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Chile, Columbia, India, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Great Britain. The missions have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of investments in Michigan by foreign companies adding jobs to Michigan’s workforce.