Governor Rick Snyder
Office of Gov. Rick Snyder /

Michigan's governor says he's promoting the state's leadership in mobility and autonomous vehicle technology development as part of his trade trip to China.

The office of Gov. Rick Snyder says he signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with China's Ministry of Science and Technology that seeks to "further advance innovation and cooperation within the automotive and technology sectors, including new energy and autonomous vehicle technologies."

Ms. Kirsten Hillman, Canada's Deputy Ambassador to the United States /

In Washington D.C., trade ministers are meeting this week continuing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. In Grand Rapids, Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States visited with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan providing an update on talks and explaining the economic impacts on the state and local economy.

Sonja Johnson from the Van Andel Global Trade Center joins us to discuss the 18th annual West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium.

Jamie Clover Adams

Michigan plans to step up efforts to connect food and agriculture companies in the state with Chinese buyers during a November trade trip.

Officials announced Thursday that Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams will lead a trade mission to China from Nov. 9-14.

Stops are planned in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The trip will include one-on-one meetings, retail tours and briefings with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials.

Michigan, Ontario negotiating waterways strategy

Jun 15, 2016

Michigan and the province of Ontario are negotiating a strategy to boost trade opportunities in the region.

The region’s automakers and suppliers are a big focus of the discussions, but Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Ontario Premier Kathleen Winn say there are also opportunities in tourism and agriculture.

Trade between Michigan and Ontario added up to $74 billion last year.

Snyder says the state and the province can leverage shared industries and regional water resources.

Monthly guests gather from the Seidman College of Business, today Sonja Johnson talks about the latest with the Van Andel Global Trade Center, including the upcoming Roundtable Breakfast.

The Van Andel Global Trade Center is focusing on trade with South Korea this year. A GVSU Mixer for Korean International Students is coming up. We talk about the Korean Connection goals for building cultural and economic ties. Deb Havens and Dr. Mark Hoffman are our guests.

Snyder: Talking to China important despite GOP critics

Aug 27, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says it's important to talk trade with Chinese officials despite some GOP presidential hopefuls blaming China for the recent tumble of U.S.