San Francisco Chronicle – Schwarzenegger bound for Asia on trade mission

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is leading a trade mission to Asia this week to promote California products and to help secure what he said could amount to billions of dollars in business for companies in the state.

The six-day trip to China, Japan and South Korea is the governor’s first trade mission in more than three years. He plans to tour the company making components for the eastern span of the Bay Bridge and ride high-speed trains in all three countries.

Business leaders from the Bay Area, Los Angeles and other parts of the state are joining Schwarzenegger, who leaves Thursday and returns Sept. 15. The trip comes amid the second-longest budget impasse in California history and, unless leaders at the Capitol come to an agreement before Thursday, Schwarzenegger’s absence probably will mean little action on that front.

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