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The Oregon-China Relationship Becomes Essential

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.

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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.

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.

Contact_Tracing.jpgA Chinese woman passes through a contact tracing sation. Photo: Jin Lan

The adoption of e-commerce trends and ambitious climate goals in Oregon and China, as well as more cordial trade relations compared to other states, has made the state one of China’s friendliest and most reliable U.S. trade partners. As supply chains continue to struggle and political frictions between the United States and China intensify, the Oregon-China relationship could become crucial in the coming years to prevent climate, and military, disaster.

One of the largest reasons for Oregon and China’s strong relationship lies in the supply chain. Despite frequent supply line shutdowns in China, including the halt of freighter activity at China’s busiest cargo airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport last week Chinese trade with Oregon has continued, largely uninterrupted.

Currently, the Port of Portland does not have a direct connection with the ports and airports in China that have been placed on lockdown, according to Curtis Robinhold, executive director of the Port of Portland.

“Due to the complex web of the global supply chain it’s likely there has been some impact. However, we continue to see steady imports and exports at our terminals,” he says.

Contact_Tracing.jpgA Chinese woman passes through a contact tracing sation. Photo: Jin Lan

The adoption of e-commerce trends and ambitious climate goals in Oregon and China, as well as more cordial trade relations compared to other states, has made the state one of China’s friendliest and most reliable U.S. trade partners. As supply chains continue to struggle and political frictions between the United States and China intensify, the Oregon-China relationship could become crucial in the coming years to prevent climate, and military, disaster.

One of the largest reasons for Oregon and China’s strong relationship lies in the supply chain. Despite frequent supply line shutdowns in China, including the halt of freighter activity at China’s busiest cargo airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport last week Chinese trade with Oregon has continued, largely uninterrupted.

Currently, the Port of Portland does not have a direct connection with the ports and airports in China that have been placed on lockdown, according to Curtis Robinhold, executive director of the Port of Portland.

“Due to the complex web of the global supply chain it’s likely there has been some impact. However, we continue to see steady imports and exports at our terminals,” he says.