MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Just back from visits to several Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) said one agreement worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Wisconsin has already been reached and another should be completed soon.
Gov. Walker held a news conference late Monday afternoon with executives from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area Chamber who accompanied him on the trip.
His journey included a visit to a new Harley-Davidson dealership, where he was presented with a T-shirt signed by all of the members of the H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) Shanghai chapter.
But it wasn't all fun and games, as the Governor said he helped negotiate a deal that could be worth as much as $400 million over the next ten years. It would allow Wisconsin ginseng producers to provide their products to a large Chinese medical provider.
Gov. Walker says a second deal involving a Wisconsin ethanol by-product is also coming soon.
"We had Badger State Ethanol with us. They signed a tentative agreement in that regard. We'll have a dollar amount which will approach a similar dollar amount to what we had with the ginseng contract over the next several years and that announcement will likely come out in the next couple of weeks," said Gov. Walker.
Gov. Walker also encouraged the more Chinese students to study at the University of Wisconsin. Their numbers have gone up 90 percent over the last four years.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) will hold a 3:50 p.m. news conference in Milwaukee this afternoon to discuss his week-long trip to China.
Throughout his trip, Gov. Walker announced several trade and advisory agreements with Chinese companies and agencies.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the China GreenTech Initiative reached an agreement for WEDC to be an advisor on clean water and power technology in the country.
Gov. Walker also announced the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin signed an agreement with a Chinese medicine company to use the Trademark Seal on their purchases of Wisconsin ginseng from the Ginseng & Herb Coop over the next ten years.
Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have live reports from Milwaukee on 27 News at 5 and 6.