Oklahoma values its growing agricultural export to China and counts China as one of its top importing countries as well. Chinese investments into the region and its neighboring states also impacts Oklahoma economically. Although the Chinese American population is relatively small in the state, Chinese immigrants were the first Asians to settle in Oklahoma around 1880. Some were likely railroad workers or cooks or laundrymen with the U.S. Army. Until the 1950s, Chinese Americans were Oklahoma’s largest Asian group. Educational collaborations have helped Oklahoma strengthen its relationship with China such as the joint degree programs that Oklahoma State University has with 4 leading Chinese universities and the only Sino-U.S. joint program on fire safety engineering.  As the state continues to broaden its economic base, more areas of global collaboration opportunities are emerging.


$354 million in goods exports from Oklahoma to China in 2020
$292 million in service exports from Oklahoma to China in 2019

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17.4% of international students in OK 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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  • https://www.cgccusa.org/en/ed-guide/https://ustr.gov/map/state-benefits/ok
  • https://www.us-china-investment.org/fdi-data
  • https://opendoorsdata.org/fact_sheets/oklahoma/
  • https://www.uschina.org/reports/us-exports/oklahoma
  • https://asiamattersforamerica.org/asia/data/sister-partnerships
  • https://www.populationu.com/us/oklahoma-population#:~:text=Asian%20population%20in%20Oklahoma%20are,19%2C252%20are%20other%20Asian%20nationals.
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