Trading Partner Portal: China
According to the U.S. State Department, China has been one of the world’s fastest growing economies over the past several years, and its efforts to reform and modernize have helped transform China into a large trading economy.
U.S.-China trade has risen rapidly over the past several decades. Total trade in goods between the two nations has increased from $4.8 billion in 1980 to $578.6 billion in 2016. U.S. exports to China in 2016 were approximately $115.7 billion.
In 2016, China continued as California’s 3rd largest export destination, with approximately $14.4 billion in exports. Computer and electronic products accounted for 29.9 percent of exports, totaling $4.3 billion. Transportation equipment brought in $1.7 billion with 11.9 percent and non-electrical machinery brought in $1.6 billion, accounting for 11.4 percent. This was followed by waste and scrap with $1.6 billion and 11.3 percent. U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Understanding the U.S.-China Trade Relationship
US-China Business Council and Oxford Economics, January 2017
GO-Biz Launches California-China Trade Network
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, April 13, 2016
California-China Office of Trade and Investment
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
According to a report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute from 2006 to 2012, U.S. exports to China doubled to $110.5 billion; imports from China increased by nearly 48 percent, to $425.6 billion. The report also noted that China is the no. 2 ranked country for Bay Area businesses abroad, with 795 Bay Area affliliates there.
Characteristics of travelers from China to California – 2014
Read more about the importance of U.S.-China Trade Relations
2013 China Trade Mission with Governor Brown
California Chamber of Commerce members joined Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2013 on a eight-day mission to China with a goal to expand trade and investment between California and China by identifying opportunities of mutual benefit.
With more investment deals from China than any other state, California is positioned to capture China’s growing foreign investment.
The delegation traveled throughout China and opened a California Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai. This is California’s first official permanent presence in China in nearly a decade. As ambassadors for California, the delegation took the next step to ensure the state’s leading role in attracting Chinese investment.
Governor Brown Leads Successful Trade/Investment Mission to China,
CalChamber Top Story, April 19, 2013
California to Open New Trade and Investment Offices in China
CalChamber, February 21, 2012
2013 Trade Mission Blog
- Day 1: Arrival in Beijing: April 8, 2013
- Day 2: Trade Briefing & More: April 9, 2013
- Day 3: Governor; Investment Forum: April 10, 2013
- Day 4: China-California Dialogue: April 11, 2013
- Day 5: California-China Office Opens: April 12, 2013
- Mission Accomplishments
2010 Asia Trade Mission
September 9 – 15, 2010
CalChamber Joins Governor on Successful Asia Trade Mission
CalChamber, September 21, 2010
2005 China Trade Mission
Strengthening Trade Ties, Building New Opportunities
CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, members of the press and other members of the business delegation six-day trade mission to China to market California agriculture, encourage tourism, discuss intellectual property rights and promote business investment in the state.
“The business and trade mission to mainland China led by Governor Schwarzenegger will serve to strengthen ties and increase economic opportunitiesin the world’s largest marketplace of 1.2billion people,” said Susanne Stirling, vice president of international affairs for the Chamber and member of the business delegation.
- CalChamber Joins Governor on Trade Mission to China
11-18-05 Alert Newsletter (pdf)
- CalChamber Boosts Trade Links on Successful China Mission
12-2-05 Alert Newsletter (pdf)
- Tejon Showcases Industrial Complex to Chinese Exporters
12-16-05 Alert Newsletter (pdf)
- McWong Technology Helps Shanghai Steel Plant Handle Wastewater
1-6-06 Alert Newsletter (pdf)
- Visit Strengthens Chevron’s Established Role in Chinese Energy Sector 1-27-06 Alert Newsletter (pdf)
- Trip Spotlights Fastest-Growing Sector for United Airlines Asia Market 2-17-06 Alert Newsletter (pdf)
Dinner Celebrates U.S.-China Trade Relations
(April 18, 2017) A dinner hosted by Chinese Consul General, Ambassador Luo Linquan last week celebrated recent trade talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Trump and Jinping agreed on a new 100-day plan for trade talks that will boost U.S. exports and reduce the United States’ trade deficit with China. See a PowerPoint on China’s economic performance from the event.
Read the Full Story
|CalChamber Welcomes Visitors from Consulate General of China in San Francisco|
On Wednesday, October 19, The Honorable Mengyuan (Mary) Hao, Vice Consul and The Honorable Yihang Yang, Economic and Commercial Counselor visited the CalChamber offices from the the Consulate General of China in San Francisco.
|China Round-Table Dinner|
On April 5, 2016 the Consul General of China in San Francisco, Ambassador Luo Linquan hosted a friendly “round-table” dinner to promote China-California relations. Mrs. Susanne Stirling, the CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs, attended the dinner together with other business and chamber representatives, and special guest Mayor Ed Lee to discuss the future of U.S.-China economic and business cooperation.
|CalChamber Forum Gets Preview of Topics for U.S.-China Summit|
(June 4, 2013) China’s quest to become a global science, technology and innovation leader was the subject of an international forum yesterday hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Council on Science and Technology. Dr. Tai Ming Cheung, director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California, San Diego, touched on many topics that will be discussed later this week in Rancho Mirage, California when U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet. Top Story
Dr. Tai Ming Cheung, director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California, San Diego.
|CalChamber President, Chinese Vice Minister: Foster Strong Ties Between California and China|
(July 24, 2012) Fostering business and cultural relationships between the California business community and China was the focus when Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao and his delegation gathered at the California Chamber of Commerce International Luncheon Forum yesterday. Read the Full Story
Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao (left) and CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg.
(December 20, 2012) Mr. Rongquiang Yu visited with Mrs. Susanne Stirling of the California Chamber of Commerce.
They discussed several China – California trade issues, as well as Mr. Yu’s connections with the Chambers of commerce in Quinghai Province and Shandong Province, China.
|Chinese Delegation Visits CalChamber|
|(June 20, 2012) A courtesy call was made by the San Francisco Chinese Consulate General on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, to discuss State – Province Cooperation between California and Chinese provinces, as well as, to introduce key members of the Chinese Enterprise Association – California
Key Country Contacts
- U.S. Commercial Service China
- California-China Office of Trade and Investment
- AmCham China
- Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
- China Economic Net – “One Belt, One Road” Initiatives
- China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
- Export Now to China
- Trade Profile
- China Enterprise Council
- 2016 China Business Climate Survey Report