Why China Matters to Colorado
Colorado has seen a steady growth of its service exports to China, which more than doubled since 2010. The state’s strength in clean-tech and tourism played a significant part in that expansion. After a dip in goods export, 2020 saw Colorado’s first increase in yearly goods exports to China. Chinese-Americans in Colorado have played key roles in promoting exchanges in culture, education and business between the state and China. Thanks to John Yee, a Flying Tigers veteran who had emigrated to Colorado, Denver and Kunming became sister cities in 1986 and recently celebrated the 35th year of their friendship. Throughout the state, from the Dragon Boat festival in Denver to the growing footprint of Chinese students and scholars in higher education institutions, Colorado is benefiting in many ways from its China connections.
$911 million in service exports from Colorado to China in 2019
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25.4% of international students in CO are Chinese (IIE, Open Doors 2021)