Why China Matters to Missouri
Missouri opened its first trade office in China in 2004 under the leadership of Governor Bob Holden, who is now the Chairman and CEO of US Heartland China Association. Since then, Missouri has more than doubled its export to China making the country the state’s 3rd largest export market. Agriculture is a significant driver for the state’s economy and also for its exports. Of special interest to China is the state’s Animal Health industry, which boasts one of the largest concentrations of animal health companies in the world. The cultural ties between Missouri and China are deep and unique, from the Missouri physician who founded the Rotary Club in Shanghai over 100 years ago to Edgar Snow, whose book “Red Star over China”(1937) is still celebrated today. Educational institutions in Missouri, such as University of Missouri and Washington University have well established partnerships with Chinese universities and enroll large numbers of Chinese students each year.
$1.7 billion USD in goods exports from Missouri to China in 2020.
$796 million in service exports from Missouri to China in 2019.
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Missouri’s exports to China supported 14,700 jobs in 2019.
34.3% of international students in MO are Chinese (IIE, Open Doors 2021)