Photo: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, left, talks with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan at the opening of the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center, Thursday July 16, 2015, in Detroit. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

It’s the first time that Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will travel on a trade mission together seeking more overseas trade and tourism.

Gov. Rick Snyder is returning to China for an eight-day mission and taking along Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the first joint trip for the Republican governor and Democratic mayor seeking to bolster trade and tourism.

Snyder said he plans to meet with government officials, industry executives and media representatives in China. He is scheduled to leave Michigan today and return Nov. 19.

“We have built strong relationships in China since our first mission in 2011. We are excited to continue telling the Michigan comeback story and making the case that there is no better place in North America for Chinese companies to expand and create jobs than in Michigan,” Snyder said in a statement today. “As Chinese travelers are now going all over the world and the United States more, this is a great opportunity to tell people about Pure Michigan tourism.”

Snyder expects to visit Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing and Nanchang, where he will promote business opportunities. As part of the trip, he also plans to visit Shanghai Auto City and join several events with the University of Michigan.

Former Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Mike Finney, left front, shakes hands after an agreement between the Michigan Auto Office and the Chinese Council for Promotion of International Trade Automotive Committee during the Guangzhou Auto Show. It was taken during the Governor’s fourth trade mission to China in November, 2014. (Photo: MEDC)

Snyder has also scheduled a news conference in Beijing to speak with media there about the state’s efforts to research and build autonomous vehicles. He’s also expected to talk about Detroit’s economic progress and tourism in Michigan. Duggan will join Snyder for part of the trip, but it was unclear for how long. His office did not have a  comment today about Duggan’s overseas plans.

The investment mission will be led by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., joined by representatives from 11 Michigan-based companies. The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is concurrently leading a group of Michigan companies on its first food and agriculture trade mission to China as well.

Since Snyder’s first mission to Asia in 2011, Michigan has received nearly $650 million in new business investment from China, according to the governor’s office. The trip marks the Snyder administration’s sixth mission to China.

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