The ever-growing economic relationship between Kentucky and Japan was highlighted earlier this week when T-Rad announced an expansion of their plant on Frank Yost Lane, but the relationship with another Asian island country is growing nearly as fast.
Governor Steve Beshear traveled to Taiwan earlier this spring to meet with government and industry officials about their growing trade with the commonwealth.
State Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville, who also represents a portion of Christian County, says he has a special interest in seeing the relationship between Kentucky and Taiwan develop and says that country is importing more tobacco while the United States is using less.
Representative Yonts says the impact of international trade can be felt on a very local level, including a small business he knows of in Greenville which is now exporting products across the Pacific Ocean to Taiwan.
The governor and other state officials hope the relationship can continue to grow, much in the same way the one with Japan has over the last few decades.