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Lawmakers Head to China on Saturday

Lawmakers Head to China on Saturday

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Mary Richard, KSL Newsradio and KSL News ReportingSome Utah legislators are flying across the world to check out a growing superpower.

Thirteen lawmakers, their staff and spouses are heading to China this weekend.

Senate Majority Leader Curtis Bramble tells KSL's Nightside Project the trip is about the long view.

"You can put money on a dice table down in Las Vegas. I can tell you with absolute precision the probability of you being successful in your investment, and you'll get an immediate return" he said. "This is for longer term."

Bramble says they will visit local leaders, a steel corporation, business centers and schools. He says he may even talk about free speech, after China's soccer team wanted spectators removed from Rice-Eccles Stadium for waving Tibetan flags.

The Deseret Morning News reports it will cost $36,000 in tax money to send the group to the coal-producing region of China.

Lawmakers say the area is highly industrialized, and they could start promoting pollution control and environmental protection.

Their trip is the latest as Utah tries to establish foreign relations with China. In October, Governor Huntsman led a trade mission to Beijing and Shanghai. He says China is becoming an important market to Utah and that the state will make ties whenever it's appropriate.

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