Oregon gov meets with business leaders in Asia

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, right, shakes hands with Sakong Il,  chairman and CEO of Korea-U.S. Economic Council (KUSEC), left, during a signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. Kitzhaber is on a two-day trip to South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber is pitching Oregon to Asian trade officials and business leaders.

Kitzhaber's office said Thursday that the governor signed an agreement with the Korean International Trade Association to share information about potential exports and investments.

Kitzhaber has met with South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik as well as officials from Hanjin Shipping, a Korean company that transports containers through the Port of Portland.

Earlier, he met in Japan with the president of Sanyo Electric Company, a Japanese firm that built a solar manufacturing plant in Salem.

The governor continues his two-week trip with a flight to China on Friday.

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