Why China Matters to Texas
Texas’s trade volume with China dwarfs that of many other states. The strength of the state’s energy industry lends it well to meet the growing energy needs of China. Its oil and gas exports alone accounted for ⅓ of U.S. oil and gas exports in 2020. Texas’ trade with China grew exponentially in 2020 to $17 Billion, augmented by growth in agricultural exports as well. Inbound investment from China to Texas is also significant, especially in the energy sector. Educationally, Texas has dozens of exchange programs with universities in China. Chinese international students studying in Texas generated $278M in expenditures in the year 2021 alone. Texas is also home to one of the largest Chinatowns in the United States. The first Chinese to arrive in Texas did so in 1870 to build the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, and then again in 1881 to build the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today, Houston has the 10th largest Chinese-American population (2019), with nearly 120,000 Chinese-Americans.
$4 billion in service exports from Texas to China in 2019
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18.9% of international
students in TX are Chinese (IIE, Open Doors 2021)