New trade office in China to promote Wichita’s aviation industry

WICHITA — A privately funded trade office designed to promote Wichita’s aviation industry in China has opened in Beijing.

The office will work to connect Wichita and Chinese businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.

The office is a pilot project initially budgeted at $300,000 to $500,000, according to officials with the Kansas Global Trade Services, which is overseeing the office.

Private sponsors from both China and the U.S. are funding the office, said officials, who noted that Beechcraft and Cessna Aircraft already have donated enough to fund the program for the first year.

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