Nebraska has opened its first trade office in China, an effort by the state to build on the already strong ties it has with the country.
Nebraska Center China is now open for business in Shanghai.
Gov. Dave Heineman says the new office will improve an already trade relationship between Nebraska and China.
“Nebraskans understand we are competing in a global, free-market economy and this is just one more example where Nebraska can help our citizens and our businesses,” Heineman tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Nebraska exports to China have more than doubled the past five years, totaling $380 million last year. China now ranks as the state’s fourth largest trading partner.
China seems especially drawn to Nebraska agricultural products, but also has an increase in technology, transportation and general business goods and services.
Heineman says Nebraska is not limited in what it can sell to China.
“I’ve seen it already in the two trips that I’ve been over to China; you’d be amazed how many Nebraska companies are already competing in the China market,” Heineman says.
Nebraska has been working with the Paulson Institute, founded by former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. The Paulson Institute has been especially helpful in exporting Nebraska agricultural products to China.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]