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The Oregon-China Relationship Becomes Essential

Updated: Oct 29, 2021

With mourning political and supply line pressure, Oregon’s relationship with China could play a major role in keeping the peace.

There is an old adage in the field of international relations: where trade ships go, warships don’t.

If the adage holds true, Oregon’s relationship with China will become critical in coming years. A strong working relationship with China will likely make the difference as political friction and climate crises spark tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Despite supply line disruptions and fallout from the previous administration’s trade war, the Oregon-Chinese import/export economy that saw significant growth in 2020. According to global business statistics platform Statista, Oregon companies exported goods totaling $9.3 billion U.S. China in 2020, up from $7.2 billion in 2019.

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