Last year, Gov. Dannel Malloy spent more than two months traveling outside Connecticut and he's clearly not lost the travel bug. Now he's heading for China.
His target is the World Economic Forum Summit in Tianjin, China, which will run from Sept. 8-16. The taxpayer tab for this excursion (with Connecticut's Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith) will be a cool $20,000.
Distance-wise, this will beat his trip to Afghanistan to visit with Connecticut troops last year and his six-day adventure to the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2012.
But hey, as Malloy points out in his news release, "If there's one thing that's a given in the 21st Century economy, it's that China will be a leading player on the world stage."
"I want to use this opportunity to do two things: convince Chinese companies that Connecticut is a great place to establish a presence in the United States; and let the Chinese know that Connecticut-based companies are ready and willing to do business with them."
Of course, the Chinese are already very familiar with some Connecticut-based companies, like United Technologies and its subsidiaries.
UTC pleaded guilty in June to helping China get U.S. software technology that enabled the Chinese to build their first true military attack helicopter. As part of the plea bargain, UTC agreed to pay the feds more than $75 million in fines and penalties.
Malloy sort of ignored that little problem in his press release about his upcoming China visit.
"As I made clear from the day I took office, I'm working hard to put Connecticut back on the map, and not just here in the United States- but everywhere," Malloy proclaimed.