Fact Sheet: US-China Commercial Relations

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 19, 2011

President Obama and President Hu of China. Photo by Pete Souza.

China is a key market for U.S. exports.  Those exports are generating jobs in every corner of the United States and across every major sector.  These involve some of our country’s largest companies, but also an increasing number of small and medium-sized enterprises.

In preparation for this visit, several large purchases have been approved including for 200 Boeing airplanes valued at $19 billion.    In addition, the Chinese government has indicated that its companies signed 70 contracts for $25 billion in U.S. exports from 12 states.  These included sectors ranging from auto parts to agriculture, machinery to chemicals.  In addition, 11 investment contracts were signed worth $3.24 billion.  Additional transactions were announced or showcased, exceeding $12 billion in total value with approximately $986.8 million in U.S. export content.   These deals worth over $45 billion in increased exports will help support an estimated 235,000 jobs in the United States.   These cross-border collaborations, both public and private, underpin the expanding U.S.-China commercial partnership, contributing to economic growth and development in both countries.  A number of these transactions highlight the increased collaboration in such areas as clean energy and green technologies.   Examples of some of the deals associated with this visit include:

  • EPIC Clean TechnologiesTengzhou Huawen Paper Co. Paper Joint Venture Agreement: EPIC Clean Technologies Corporation, headquartered in Houston, Texas, and Tengzhou Huawen Paper Co. (THP), will conclude a Contractual Joint Venture Agreement for the redevelopment of the THP paper mill.  The newly formed Joint Venture will assume ownership of the existing power plant and install a new clean coal gasification power plant to increase power and steam production, lower CO2 emissions by 35 percent, eliminate most other pollutants, and reduce coal consumption. The project includes a license agreement for use of EPIC gasification technology.