China leaders visit area

AUSTIN, Minn. – Global dignitaries gathered in our area Tuesday to improve their relationship with a world renowned cancer research center.

Leaders from China’s Henan Province, one of China’s biggest, visited with Hormel Institute leaders.

Lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, DFL-Minnesota, and State Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, were also part of the group.

They are hoping to strengthen a relationship they established a couple of years ago.

“We love the relationship that we’re starting to build with you from China. After our recent visit over there with Dr. Dong, it’s most exciting what two of us can do together,” said Gary Ray, Chair of the Hormel Foundation.

“It remains a task on us to carry out international cooperation to improve the support in this sector,” said Vice Governor Wang Yangling of the Henan Province through an interpreter.

Henan leaders say because of their large population, they see around 200,000 cancer patients each year.

The institute will begin construction on their expansion this Saturday. It will add 20 laboratories and more space for international research.

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