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Branstad visits China, will meet with Xi Jinping

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Governor Terry Branstad is meeting with President Xi Jinping during a visit to China.

According to the office of Governor Branstad, he left for the world’s most populous country on Friday, April 12.

Governor Bob McDonnell from Virginia and Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin will join the Gov. Branstad, reported the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

A delegation of more than 50 Iowans also joined Branstad on the trip, reports our sister-station, WHO.

On the trip, Gov. Branstad will visit Beijing and three other cities to meet with business leaders and government officials, reported the Ottumwa Courier.

Iowa’s ties with Xi Jinping date back to 1985 when he was China’s vice president. During that visit, Xi came to learn about Iowa’s agriculture.

Read more about Xi Jinping’s relationship with Iowa.

“I am excited to catch up with our old friend, Xi Jinping,” said Branstad. “The value of this relationship cannot be overstated. As a result, Iowa is the preferred provider to feed China’s growing population and our agriculture exports to China continue to grow.”

The Governor said the international trade is currently supporting 430,000 Iowa jobs.

Gov. Branstad is scheduled to return on April 18.