Today, Governor Deval Patrick leaves on a week-long trade mission to China.
China is a $1.3 billion dollar market for goods manufactured in Massachusetts. Patrick said he hopes to grow trade in other areas.
"It's a market that is very interested in our life sciences technology, very interested in clean energy technology, so we think that there are markets there that we can build on," he said.
The governor will be traveling with business leaders and educators from Harvard, MIT and the University of Massachusetts, to demonstrate the state's brain trust.
Patrick said he will not be insensitive to human rights record, and expects it to be the subject of conversations with government officials.
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