Gov. Beverly Perdue will lead an international trade mission to China and Japan next month in hopes of boosting commerce between North Carolina and Asia.
A state Commerce Department spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that Perdue, Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and others would be making the trip.
More details were to be released later Wednesday. WRAL-TV in Raleigh said Perdue would be the first sitting North Carolina governor visit China in an official capacity.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler headed a delegation that went to China last month to find more markets for crops of North Carolina farmers.