Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Monday that Gov. Gary Herbert will undertake a trade mission to China April 11-15.

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"Finding new markets for Utah's goods and services mean more high-paying jobs for Utah. China is a key trading partner for Utah businesses and represents one of the fastest growing destinations for Utah exports," said Brett Heimburger, regional director for Asia at GOED. "In 2009, Utah exported over $10.3 billion of goods supporting over 50,000 export-related jobs here at home. We expect those numbers to increase dramatically for 2010, adding several billion dollars."

Herbert will visit Beijing and Shanghai. Businesses interested in being a part of the trade mission should call 801-538-8737.

The announcement that Herbert is planning a trip to China comes on the same day that several media outlets are reporting that Herbert's former boss, Jon Huntsman Jr., will resign from the U.S. ambassadorship to China in May in order to run for president.