Michigan’s deep connection with China rests on two pillars: education and industry. University of Michigan welcomed its first Chinese students in 1892 and has educated generations of leaders in the U.S.-China Relations space.  It was also the first stop on the 9-city tour of the Chinese Ping-Pong team in 1972, in a series of events that later became known as Ping-Pong Diplomacy. Other Universities in Michigan also have long-term exchanges with Chinese partners.  Michigan boasts two Chinese sister provinces, Sichuan and Guangdong – both are strong bases for the Chinese automotive industry. Iconic companies from Michigan such as GM and Ford have been very successful in China. Chinese Automotive suppliers have also found success in Michigan.  More than 300 Chinese companies with operations in Michigan have created more than 10,000 jobs and invested more than $4 billion into Michigan’s economy.


$2.8 billion USD in goods exports from Michigan to China in 2020.

$1.1 billion USD in service exports from Michigan to China in 2019.

Top 3 Goods Exports to China Michigan
Top 3 Services Exports to China Michigan
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Top 3 Chinese firms with employment Michigan

Michigan’s exports to China supported 26,400 U.S. jobs in 2019.

Top 3 Educational Institutions with Chinese Enrollment Michigan

34.2% of international students in Michigan are Chinese (IIE, Open Doors 2021)


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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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