Minnesota’s relationship with China has evolved over a century through many exchanges in culture, education, and business.  Leading multinational corporations headquartered in Minnesota such as 3M, Cargill, and General Mills, have significant business interests in China. Minnesota’s agricultural export to China is one of the fastest growing among all the states. A growing number of Chinese-owned companies have also set up U.S. operations in Minnesota and are contributing significantly to the local economy.  The University of Minnesota is home to one of the largest groups of Chinese students in the United States and has educated some of the top agriculture experts China has today. Smaller educational institutions in Minnesota, ranging from boarding schools to colleges, enjoy a great reputation in China and attract significant numbers of Chinese students to the state.


$3.6 billion in goods exports from Minnesota to China in 2020
$725 million in service exports from Minnesota to China in 2019

Jobs & Education


Minnesota’s exports to China supported 21,500 jobs in 2019


30.2% of international
students in Minnesota 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
    • # of Jobs created by Chinese companies:
      • https://www.minnpost.com/business/2015/07/cirrus-schwing-america-firms-minnesota-are-part-chinas-growing-us-investment/
  3. Education: https://opendoorsdata.org/fact_sheets/minnesota/
  4. Agriculture: https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/state-agricultural-trade-data/
  5. Investment: https://www.us-china-investment.org/fdi-data
  6. Population: AAPI 2020 Vote data
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