50 States, 50 Stories

The relationship between the world two largest economies can sometimes feel divorced from everyday life, but the US-China relationship has a real, tangible impact on millions of Americans every day. The two countries’ trading relationship supports US jobs, as US companies export billions in goods and services to China every year. Underneath the topline data of how much the United States as a whole exports to China are a trove of stories of the individuals whose lives depend on the relationship. From folks who work for Fortune 500 companies to small companies that specialize in things like paint or caskets, about more than a million US jobs are dependent on US-China trade. To dig into the more granular level, click on a state below to see what that area exports most to China and how many jobs are supported by those exports:

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By Doug Barry

There may be bipartisan dismay with China in the nation's capital and distrust nearly everywhere else. Still, leaders of a school in Manhattan believe that cooperation between the world’s largest economies is inevitable and necessary.

One such leader is Morgan Jones, senior associate director of enrollment at Avenues The World School, a private institution for K-12 students. Avenues is located on Tenth Avenue but is a metaphor for going places, enabled by language immersion...


By Doug Barry

The Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) serves as a bridge between mainland Chinese who want to invest in the United States and Americans looking for business opportunities in China. The Trump-era trade war and the spread of COVID-19 brought big challenges to the organization. But the Chamber has become more important than ever in these strong headwinds, as it helps both sides learn more about each other. 


By Doug Barry

The United States produces only 20 percent of the seafood that Americans eat. That’s a need that requires filling by someone who’s good at finding fish worldwide. Meet Matthew Fass, president of Maritime Products International of Newport News, Virginia.

The Fass family seems to have seafood in their blood. Matt is the fourth generation of his family in the seafood industry, starting with his great grandfather, who was an oysterman in Portsmouth, Virginia. The family business...

The trade relationship between China and the United States has been characterized by ongoing trade disputes, retaliatory...
The US-China commercial relationship is at a crucial juncture. Over $500 billion in reciprocal tariffs remain in place,...