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Stronger Together: Pence Travels to China

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

During the last day of his visit, the governor led meetings in Shanghai with leaders of theLilly China Research & Development Center, whose Indiana-headquartered Eli Lilly employs more than 41,000 people around the world, including 11,000 Hoosiers. He also visited China International Marine Container, the parent company of the Monon, Indiana-based Vanguard National Trailer Corporation.

“Indiana and China are stronger together,” Pence said in a press release. “In the years since our friendship formed, Hoosier students have gained a broader worldview through cultural exchanges. And as global understanding grows, so does economic growth.”  

According to a press release from Gov. Pence's office, China is Indiana’s fifth largest export partner, and Hoosier companies exported $1.4 billion in goods to the country in 2014 alone. 

On day two of his trip, Pence promoted Indiana-made recreational vehicles (RV) at a reception attended by more than 100 business officials at the U.S. Embassy.  

China is the second largest market in the world for U.S. RV exports, with Chinese consumers spending $68 million on U.S.-built RVs in the last two years. 

On day three, Pence visited the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company, which is helping Cummins Inc. lead the way in the innovation and production of clean technology.

The Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins is the largest independent maker of diesel engines in the world. It employs 9,000 people in Indiana.

On day four of the mission, Pence renewed and commemorated Indiana’s 28-year sister-state relationship with Zhejiang Province.

The memorandum of understanding reaffirmed efforts to promote economic relations and industrial innovation, as well as cultural, educational and healthcare cooperation and exchanges between the two states.

Update: Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann journeyed on a separate trip to China in late June for an agriculture-focused trade mission. The 18-person delegation includes representatives from state agribusinesses and agriculture and rural affairs agencies. 

Mike Pence, Governor
State of Indiana


May 13, 2015: In Beijing, Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence visited Indiana-headquartered Cummins Inc.’s Foton Cummins Engine Company, which was established in 2008 and produces the Cummins ISF light duty engine and ISG heavy duty engine.