Ohio and Hubei province became the first pair of sister state/province between the U.S. and China following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1979.  Ohio’s investment in its relationship with China has helped the state become one of the top destinations for Chinese investments in the Heartland region. Among the 50 plus Chinese companies in Ohio, Fuyao Glass America is the largest Chinese foreign investment in the U.S. to date.  Its $700M plus investment in the Dayton area has revived the economy of a whole region. On the outbound front, China is one of the largest agricultural and manufacturing export destinations for Ohio. The state’s welcoming environment, augmented by educational partnerships on many levels, helped to attract a growing number of Chinese-Americans, surpassing 30,000 in the last decade.


$3.4 billion USD in goods exports from Ohio to China in 2020
$1.4 billion USD in service exports from Ohio to China in 2019

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Ohio’s exports to China supported 27,100 U.S. jobs in 2019


41.1% of international students in Ohio 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: JobsOhio
  3. Education:
    • # of Chinese students attend colleges in Ohio: https://opendoorsdata.org/fact_sheets/ohio/
  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: ODSA – Ohio Asian Americans
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