China big buyer of Illinois exports

By WEEK Producer

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM CDT

Illinois officials are hosting China's vice president in hopes it will pay off in economic development and potentially jobs.

Xi Jinping first visited the quad cities and Muscatine 27 years ago. He landed in Moline today and is spending the night in Iowa before heading on to Washington and L.A.

After Canada and Mexico, China is the state's third leading export market. Governor Quinn and Luitenant Governor Sheila Simon want to continue to build upon the export relationship.

Simon said, "This is a target that Governor Quinn has set for Illinois to double our exports. And we've been working on that, we're the largest exporting state in the Midwest and growing, and we want to keep that as an important part of our economy."

During his state of the state address last month Governor Quinn established an Export Advisory Council. Jinping is expected to become China's president next year.

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