(KMOV)-- The Midwest-China Hub Commission took another step forward in establishing St. Louis as a key cargo hub for Chinese trade.
China Cargo Airline will study the route and take steps to negotiate trade.
Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt both issued statements praising the development.
“China’s expanding middle class could be a huge market for American exports, and that’s what we are trying to tap into. This development will allow final negotiations to move forward, bringing us much closer to opening up a new trade route to bring Midwestern goods and agricultural products to China.”
“I’m so pleased that China Eastern Airlines will partner with St. Louis to negotiate a trade and commercial exchange hub in Missouri. St. Louis offers the perfect location, ideal space, and a strong workforce for this hub, and I look forward to the increased agriculture and manufacturing job creation and economic development that this initiative will bring to our state.”
Commission Chairman Mike Jones said there is much work left to do, but “there is considerable interest from the Chinese side.”