Governor Bev Perdue is meeting with officials in China this week. She is in the country to explore new economic relations with seven other U.S. governors.
This is Perdue's second trip to China as governor. The trip comes as the U.S. Senate voted last week to threaten China with higher tariffs because of a dispute surrounding its currency valuation.
Perdue told the News and Observer the costly trip is worth it, since China will soon be the state's top trading partner. The paper reported the state budgeted $40,000 for the trip. The N.C. Commerce Trade and Development Fund is contributing another $60,000 for the trip abroad.