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Bev Perdue on Free Trade

North Carolina Governor


Visited China to see N.C.'s competition

Last year I visited China on a trip to recruit new businesses and develop our economic relationships with our second largest trading partner. It was my first trip to China; I wasn't fully prepared for what I saw or how I felt afterward. I went into classrooms where children were studying concepts far in advance of American children of similar ages. They demand more work out of their kids. They require more involvement from parents. They expect no less than excellence from their students and teacher and parents and schools. Education in China is a major part of the reason their workers are global competitors. Make no mistake--they are North Carolina's competition, and they have learned from our successes.

When the factories started laying off workers or closing, Chinese imports were competing with American products. The fires of the recession have forged a new North Carolina, one where we never lose faith in our possibilities. So many of those possibilities point directly back to education.

Source: North Carolina 2011 State of the State Address , Feb 14, 2011

Other governors on Free Trade: Bev Perdue on other issues:
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Pat McCrory
NC Senatorial:
Kay Hagan
Richard Burr

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