KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to leave Friday for a trade trip to China that he says will seal the deal on billions of dollars of exports over the next three years.
China already is Missouri's third largest trading partner. Nixon says the new agreements will significantly increase Missouri's exports to China of agricultural products, manufactured goods, chemicals and other items from 2012 to 2014.
The trade trip comes just as a special legislative session is about to end with the failure of a proposal that could have offered millions of dollars of tax credits to transform the St. Louis airport into a trade hub with the Chinese.
But Nixon says the bill's failure will not limit Missouri's growth in exports to China.