Indiana established a sister state relationship with Zhejiang Province in 1987 and has steadily expanded its export to China since. From 2010 to 2019, Indiana’s exports to China increased 26.8%, making it the 5th largest and one of the fastest-growing exporters of all states. Many global corporations headquartered in Indiana, such as Cummins and Eli Lilly, have benefited significantly from their investments in China. Chinese investments in Indiana are also growing as demonstrated by Nanshan America, which invested more than $100 million in its Indiana facility.  At the people-to-people level, twelve Indiana communities have sister city relationships with Chinese cities and more than 10,000 Chinese students attend universities in Indiana, including Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.


$3.9 billion USD in goods exports from Indiana to China in 2020.

$799 million USD in service exports from Indiana to China in 2019.

Top 3 Goods Exports Indiana
Top 4 Service Exports Indiana
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Jobs & Education

Jobs Supported by Exports Indiana
Top 3 Educational Indiana

29.5% of international students in Indiana are Chinese (IIE, Open Doors 2021)


Sister Partnership Indiana
Sister Cities Indiana


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


  • # of Jobs supported by US-China exports: the US-China Business Council


  • # of Chinese students attend colleges in Indiana:





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