Stateside
5:17 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Michigan and China have a strong economic connection, and it's growing stronger

An interview with Tom Watkins, the former State School Superintendent and former State Mental Health Director, and Michael Barris, a reporter from the China Daily’s U.S. edition.

When it comes to economic growth and finding an economic partner, it seems that Michigan and China are discovering a lot to like about each other.

Look at the numbers:  last year, Michigan exported $3.2 billion worth of goods and services to China, just behind Canada and Mexico. And Michigan is one of the top ten states for direct investment from China. We were on the receiving end of more than $917 million in capitol from China in 2012.

Tom Watkins is the former State School Superintendent and former State Mental Health Director, and a frequent traveler to China. And Michael Barris is a reporter from the China Daily’s U.S. edition.

They joined us today to talk about what China and Michigan have to offer each other.

Listen to the full interview above.