JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he remains hopeful of signing a $600 million trade deal with Taiwan — despite canceling a trip there this week because of concerns it could affect Missouri's relationship with China.
Nixon was supposed to depart Friday for the trip. He canceled it while citing "travel challenges."
On Thursday, Nixon acknowledged there were concerns about how the Taiwan trip could affect Missouri's efforts to make Lambert-St. Louis International Airport a major trade hub for Chinese goods. China and Taiwan have been at odds for decades; China considers Taiwan to be part of its country.
During Nixon's trip, Taiwanese officials were to sign a letter of intent to buy $600 million of Missouri products over five years. The governor said he hopes to reschedule the trip.