By U.S. Heartland China Association
In the summer of 2021, the U.S. Heartland China Association (USHCA) launched the “Why China Matters to the Heartland” project in response to the growing interest of Heartland community leaders who would like to better examine the U.S.-China relationship at the local level. Combining data from public sources with insights gained from outreach interviews, the “Why China Matters to the Heartland” report attempts to provide an easy-to-access snapshot for each of the 21 states we serve.
Even as the U.S. and China shift toward strategic competition, USHCA believes that the interests of the American people are best served by thoughtful exploration of opportunities with the Chinese people, rather than a wholesale dismissal of ties. And so, we remain committed to promoting a productive and mutually beneficial relationship between the American Heartland region and China through exchanges in culture, education, and business. This project is an effort with that goal in mind.