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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 05/06/2011

McDonnell departs for 11-day trip to Asia

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has departed on a 11-day trade mission to Japan, China and Korea.

Gov. Bob McDonnell during opening ceremonies for the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe manufacturing and research plant in Prince George on Monday. (By Steve Helber/Associated Press)
The governor’s trip, designed to lure new business to Virginia, will take him to Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul. He will be accompanied by 14 others, including first lady Maureen McDonnell and Secretary of Commerce and Trade James Cheng on a trip that is estimated to cost taxpayers $278,000.

McDonnell has planned three separate calls to brief media from Asia on the trip’s progress, so we should get some sense of whether he’s snagging jobs overseas as the trip progresses.

“As the CEO of the Commonwealth, I’m going to meet face to face with business leaders and CEOs all across the world, and I’m going to tell them why they should invest in Virginia,” McDonnell said in an e-mailed statement. “We will not be passive in our efforts to bring good-paying jobs to this state. We will not sit by and watch as the jobs and opportunities our citizens need are awarded to other states and countries that choose to be more proactive and visible. There is a global competition underway to attract the job-creating private-sector businesses that will power and define the 21st century economy. Virginia is going to win that competition. It will mean more jobs and opportunities for our citizens and a better and stronger Commonwealth in the years ahead.”  

McDonnell went on his first trade mission to Europe — an eight-day trip to Britain, the Netherlands and Germany — in July. He plans to travel to India and Israel later this year and will also attend the Paris Air Show next month.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

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