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A vendor decorates a Chinese ornament for sale at a market ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Jakarta on January 16, 2012. The Chinese New Year, the most important of Chinese holidays will be culminate on January 23.   (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

A vendor decorates a Chinese ornament for sale at a market ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Jakarta on January 16, 2012. The Chinese New Year, the most important of Chinese holidays will be culminate on January 23. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Government, business and university officials from the St. Louis area are in Indonesia this week pursuing trade opportunities and stronger educational ties.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the delegation arrived over the weekend in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta.

The trade mission was organized by the World Trade Center St. Louis and Kit Bond Strategies, a consulting business created by Bond after he retired last year following four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Executives of Boeing Co. and five other businesses are along on the weeklong visit.

World Trade Center St. Louis executive director Tim Nowak says that Indonesia and other southeast Asian countries are likely to be major new trade partners for the U.S. and markets for exports from St. Louis area companies.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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