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Gregoire Heading to China And Vietnam On Trade Mission

YAKIMA, Wash. - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire leaves Monday on an 11-day trade mission to China and Vietnam. Going with her will be nearly 80 representatives from agriculture, education, government and business.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that agricultural leaders are especially hopeful the mission will result in new business. State growers already send 2.6 million boxes of apples a year to China and Hong Kong. They say they now hope to lift Chinese barriers to new apple varieties beyond Red and Golden Delicious.

Officials also are excited at the prospect of more trade with Vietnam. They note that country's weather prohibits most cherry crops, which could mean an important new export market for the state.

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