Arkansas enjoys healthy two-way business ties with China. Arkansas’s top employers, such as Walmart and Tyson, count China as their major markets, it is also among the top 5 states in the U.S. in attracting FDI from China. A recent tally of FDI investments from 4 Chinese companies is expected to total over $1.4bn. Arkansas’s exports to China continue to expand, with new crops such as rice added in 2021. The University of Arkansas attracts many Chinese students and offers a unique Dual Degree program in partnership with Soochow University in China. Arkansas also has a rich history of Chinese-American contributions, especially in the Delta area, where the first Chinese restaurant was opened in 1895 by Chinese-American Tom Wing.


$900 million in goods from Arkansas to China in 2020
$151 million USD in service exports from Arkansas to China in 2019
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Arkansas’s exports to China supported 5,030 U.S. jobs in 2019


10.5% of international students in Arkansas are Chinese (IIE, Open Doors 2021)




Why China Matters

Why China matters to the Heartland Join USHCA and our partners in exploring Why China Matters to the Heartland. Learn how each Heartland state benefits from its relationship with China economically, educationally and culturally. Event Date: January 25th, 2022 10:00

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  1. Export: the US-China Business Council 2020 State Export Report
  2. Jobs:
    • # of Jobs supported by US-China exports: the US-China Business Council
    • Arkansas Department of Commerce
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