Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Meets With Shanghai Mayor, Mary Kay China President

Monday, June 14, 2010  •  SHANGHAI, China  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry spent his first full day in China Monday meeting with Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng, and later with Paul Mak, President of Mary Kay China.

Han is mayor of the largest city in China, home to the World Expo 2010, which is hosting "Salute to Texas Week" at the USA Pavilion from June 13-19. China is the fastest-growing major economy in the world, and ranks as Texas' third largest export partner, receiving five percent, or $8.9 billion, of all Texas exports.

Founded in Dallas in 1963, Mary Kay Cosmetics established a manufacturing facility in China in 1994. In 2009, Mary Kay China was rated the most profitable cosmetics company in China for the sixth consecutive year.

"Texas is a place of unlimited possibilities, where people like Mary Kay Ash can start a company with a dream and the willingness to work hard," Gov. Perry said. "We are very proud of the countless Texas women who lead in business, government and academia."

Later, Gov. Perry spoke at a dinner hosted by Texas Instruments, another Texas-born company that has operations in China and around the world. The dinner was attended by business leaders from several Chinese industries, including telecommunications, computer science and aerospace.

The 2010 expo began May 1 and will run through Oct. 31, 2010, and is expected to draw 70 million visitors from more than 170 nations. A projected 5 million to 6 million visitors will tour the U.S.A. National Pavilion, which will build on the EXPO's theme, "Better City, Better Life," by showcasing America as the place of opportunity, diversity, innovation, success, sustainability, health and nutrition, and technology.

The governor and first lady's trip is being paid for by TexasOne. No tax dollars are being used for the Perry's travel and accommodations on this trip.

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