Legislator part of trade mission

A state legislator from Federal Way was scheduled to return yesterday from a weeklong trade mission to Taiwan.

To promote Washington businesses and build ties with Taiwan, Sen. Tracey Eide joined other officials, including several from the Montana Legislature, for the trip Nov. 6-11. Eide was the ranking official from the Washington delegation.

“This is a pivotal opportunity to connect with potential trade partners to strengthen our trade and economic ties,” Eide said. “Meeting face-to-face with these companies demonstrates our keen desire to establish mutually beneficial and profitable ventures.”

Taiwan is Washington’s third-largest export market for non-aerospace sectors, and with more than $6 billion in two-way trade in 2000 ranked as the state’s fifth-largest trade partner overall, according to officials.

Taiwan is considered a leader in the information technology sector, producing scanners, motherboards and notebook computers for world markets.

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