Senators Obhof, Widener and Patton join the Chinese delegation for a discussion about collaboration and improvements to Ohio's business environment.

The Ohio Senate recently welcomed officials from China's Hubei Province who were interested in the growth of Ohio’s economy and improvements to the state's business climate. 

"Ohio has taken major steps to promote new business growth and encourage employers to locate and expand in our state," said Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina). "I am pleased our efforts are being noticed by leaders across the globe." 

Ohio and Hubei have been sister provinces since October 31, 1979 and was the first sister province-state relationship between the United States and China. Hubei, located in central China, is the country's third largest province.

“It was great to meet with leaders from our sister province in Hubei, China and hear them acknowledge that we have improved the business climate here in Ohio,” said Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield). “And we look forward to Ohio companies having the increased ability to expand products to their province.”

Chinese officials included: 

  • Deputy Director General, Hubei Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, Mr. Hu Yinghai
  • Vice Chairman, Hubei Provincial Federation of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Zhao Bin
  • Deputy Division Chief, Hubei Provincial Foreign Affairs Office. Mr. Li Yonghong
  • Deputy Division Chief, Division of Foreign Exchanges of Hubei Provincial Department of Agriculture, Mr. Chen Qing
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