Governor Jim Doyle began the Chinese portion of his trade mission to the Far East today. He is prepared to get heat from China’s leaders over President Obama’s recent order to impose tariffs on the imports of tires from that country.

Chinese officials have criticized the tariffs as an unfair trade restraint.

Doyle plans to meet with China’s deputy commerce secretary, who’s a strong supporter of free trade. The Governor expects “some real rhetoric and discussion” about the tire tariffs. Doyle plans to remind the officials that he’s looking for ways to promote economic development in both Wisconsin and in China.

AUDIO: Doyle anticipating Chinese reaction (MP3 :66)

Business executives are also on the 10-day trade mission, which began last Sunday. Japan was the first stop

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