South Dakota invests state dollars on China trip

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Photo - FILE - In this April 7, 2013 file photo provided by Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, center left, and Jake Anderson, right, owner and president of Millennium Recycling in Sioux Falls, speaks with Chinese officials at a recycling center in Beijing. Daugaard will be joined by representatives from 11 companies and groups from around South Dakota when he makes his third trade mission to China May 9-16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gov. Dennis Daugaard's Office, Kelsey Webb, File)
FILE - In this April 7, 2013 file photo provided by Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, center left, and Jake Anderson, right, owner and president of Millennium Recycling in Sioux Falls, speaks with Chinese officials at a recycling center in Beijing. Daugaard will be joined by representatives from 11 companies and groups from around South Dakota when he makes his third trade mission to China May 9-16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gov. Dennis Daugaard's Office, Kelsey Webb, File)
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is leading a weeklong China trade mission through Friday at a cost of $93,000 for the state.

The Republican believes the trip is worth the expense.

Daugaard is hoping to expand the state's export markets, building on his two prior trips that resulted in brokered deals.

In an interview this week, Daugaard says there is no specific sales goal for the trip.

His past two trips to China in 2013 and 2012, federal grants have covered most of the expenses.

This time, the state will pay for up to 30 percent of costs of the companies joining Daugaard and the seven state staffers, including some from the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Department of Agriculture.

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