SOURCE: The US-China Business Council

April 19, 2007 17:16 ET

Informing the US-China Trade Debate: Analysis of Congressional Districts' Exports to China Reflects Importance Across US Economy

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2007 -- In anticipation of the House Ways & Means Committee's consideration of trade legislation affecting China, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) today released an analysis of US exports to China from key congressional districts. The data underscores the growth of US exports to China since it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 (see www.uschina.org/public/documents/2007/04/uscbc-congressional-district-exports-to-china1-2000-06.pdf).

The analysis, undertaken by the Trade Partnership (www.tradepartnership.com), quantifies exports to China from 2000 -- the year before China joined the World Trade Organization -- through 2006 from every congressional district represented on the House Ways & Means Committee in the 110th Congress.

The report is the first in a series of US congressional district and US state export analyses that USCBC is undertaking to help inform the debate about trade with China. An update of the USCBC's report, "US Exports to China by State" (www.uschina.org/public/documents/2006/06/us-state-exports-china.pdf), will be released next week.

The data varies from district to district, but largely shows the local effects of the dramatic growth in total US exports to China over this period. Total US exports to China grew more than 30 percent in 2006 and are up 240 percent since 2000.

The USCBC (www.uschina.org) is the leading organization of US companies engaged in business with the People's Republic of China. Founded in 1973, the USCBC provides extensive China-focused information, advisory, and advocacy services, along with events, to more than 250 US corporations operating within the United States and throughout Asia.

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