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Daniels Set for Trip to China


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Purdue President Mitch Daniels admits some habits are hard to break.


The former governor travels to China this weekend for a week-long trip to foster economic and educational ties in the country. One of the stops will include a meeting with officials at Nanshan Group, China's second largest aluminum company. Nanshan built its first U.S. manufacturing site in Lafayette three years ago. Daniels says they will discuss several several initiatives including Nanshan's efforts to create a private airline and how Purdue can assist in its development through its Aeronautical Engineering department.

Daniels says economic development in West Lafayette and Lafayette benefits Purdue faculty, staff, graduates and their families. Daniels will host two alumni functions and talk to officials at the Chinese Academy of Science about the Chinese space program in his role as co-chair of the National Research Council's Committee of Human Space Flight.

Daniels says his focus now as it was when he was governor is to created opportunities in Indiana, and now specifically Tippecanoe County. Although The United States and China have fundamental differences when it comes to human rights, Daniels says that is not a factor because his concentration is on Indiana and his actions have no effect on the Chinese people.


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