Patrick invokes historic link to China

BEIJING - On his first foreign trade mission, Governor Deval L. Patrick yesterday told a Beijing audience Massachusetts and China have had a "special trade relationship" that spans more than two centuries. Patrick noted the first US merchant ship to sail for China - in 1784 - had Boston owners.  The governor and a delegation of about a dozen business executives and academic and state government officials are meeting with their Chinese counterparts to discuss biotech and clean energy.

...In addition to negotiating a direct flight from Boston and furthering life sciences research, one of the trip's goals is to explore the possibility of Massachusetts companies working to develop offshore wind projects in China to help meet the country's increasing demand for energy. Dennis Duffy, vice president of regulatory affairs for Cape Wind Associates LLC, said China's coast is similar to New England's in that energy demand is concentrated near the ocean, where offshore winds could produce energy at peak hours.

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