south korea en Obama: Free trade agreements will boost US auto industry <p>&nbsp;In southeast Michigan today, President Obama said free trade agreements passed this week by Congress will lead to more jobs and more economic opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Obama and South Korean&nbsp;president Lee Myung-bak toured GM&rsquo;s Orion assembly plant.&nbsp;&nbsp; Obama says the new South Korea trade agreement should boost U.S. auto sales in Asia.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:59:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 4595 at Obama: Free trade agreements will boost US auto industry President Obama visits Michigan today <p>President Obama will be in southeast Michigan today&nbsp;to promote a new&nbsp; free trade agreement with South Korea.&nbsp;&nbsp;President Obama is scheduled to tour General Motor&rsquo;s assembly plant in Lake Orion.&nbsp;&nbsp; South Korea&rsquo;s president will accompany Obama.&nbsp;</p><p>Congress this week approved a new free trade agreement with South Korea.&nbsp; South Korea is the world&rsquo;s 13<sup>th</sup> largest economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4582 at President Obama visits Michigan today Stabenow: South Korea free trade agreement includes auto industry provisions <p>&nbsp;Congress is expected to vote on free trade agreements with <a href="">South Korea, Columbia and Panama</a> today.&nbsp;&nbsp;The South Korean agreement is potentially one of the largest free trade deals in years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says she opposed the agreement initially reached by the Bush Administration, but she says the trade pact now has special protections for the U.S. auto industry.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:44:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 4558 at Stabenow: South Korea free trade agreement includes auto industry provisions Vice President Joe Biden coming to Michigan on Wednesday <p>Vice President Joe Biden will visit Flint and Grand Rapids on Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He&rsquo;ll promote the Obama administration&rsquo;s efforts to spur jobs growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:24:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 4519 at Vice President Joe Biden coming to Michigan on Wednesday Michigan Governor Snyder pleased with results of his first trade mission <p>Governor Rick Snyder said he will return to China in the next year, after completing his first trade mission in that country.</p><p>In the meantime, he said there&rsquo;s a lot of follow-up to do in Michigan, to develop brand-new relationships with Chinese business leaders.</p><p>Governor Snyder spent a day in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and a day in Shanghai, the country&rsquo;s international commerce center.</p><p>He said he was pleasantly surprised at how interested Chinese business leaders seem in closer business ties with Michigan. He said one possibility is getting Chinese mining companies, who want to expand overseas, to take a look at mining copper and other deposits in the U.P.</p><p><em>&quot;It&rsquo;s another export from our state, and the main thing is we do it in an environmentally conscious way and we put in the structure to do that,&quot; said Snyder.</em></p><p>Governor Snyder also highlighted his new &ldquo;Global Michigan Initiative,&rdquo; which he says should help create jobs in the state.</p><p>The initiative is designed to encourage talented immigrants to settle in Michigan.</p><p>The Global Michigan Initiative began two months ago.</p><p>While speaking in Shanghai, Snyder said the initiative will expand over the next few years to include cultural programs, more trade missions, and a visa program.</p><p><em>&quot;There are a number of states that are unfortunately discouraging immigration, and I believe it should be the opposite, and the empirical support is there by encouraging immigration you actually create jobs for people in your community,&quot; said Snyder. &quot; It&rsquo;s a job creator.&quot;</em></p><p>The Governor is now on his way to South Korea, after a two-day stay in China.</p><p>This is Snyder&rsquo;s first trade mission, and he says it was easier to make a pitch for the state&rsquo;s positive business environment than he expected.</p><p>That&rsquo;s because some of the Chinese business leaders he met with had already done some homework on Michigan.</p><p><em>&quot;The most pleasant surprise was just the positive response of people in China and businesses in particular, that many of them are seriously looking at Michigan already as a good place to do business, and I was happy to see that they mentioned tax reform is a good reason for them to come, having a balanced budget is a major item,&quot; said Snyder.</em></p><p>The Governor will be in Seoul next, where he will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Governor of&nbsp; Gyeonggi Province. The agreement states that Michigan and the Province will work together to establish trade.</p><p>Snyder will return to Michigan on Saturday. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:25:45 +0000 Tracy Samilton 4375 at Michigan Governor Snyder pleased with results of his first trade mission Stabenow: We need to watch North Korea closely <P>Michigan US Senator Debbie Stabenow says the Obama administration is handling the volatile Korean situation well.&nbsp;</P> <P>North Korea bombed a South Korea fishing village this week, prompting South Korea to fire back.&nbsp;</P> <P>This weekend, US and South Korean naval forces are planning a joint exercise off the North Korean coast.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>Stabenow says it’s important for the US not to back down.</P> <P>"At this point I think we have to go ahead with what we think is appropriate," says Stabenow, "But we have to monitor this very closely.&nbsp; They internally have a lo Thu, 25 Nov 2010 18:14:03 +0000 379 at Stabenow: We need to watch North Korea closely