Utah's ties to China are strong and varied. Not only is economic cooperation booming, but China is intertwined in many aspects of Utah. Here is a quick look at how the Beehive State is embracing the dragon. Source: U.S. Census and World Trade Center Utah
(Total Utah exports:$18.9 billion)
Left: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.'s facility in Ningbo, China.
Orbit is based in North Salt Lake.
Exports rose to $4.3 billion from $1.5 billion in 2010.
There are 300 Chinese cities with more than 1 million people.
China is not just great for manufacturing. With booming urban growth, other countries around the world are looking to sell their goods in China.
Former Governor Jon Huntsman.
Mike Winder, Mayor of West Valley City:
John Curtis, Mayor of Provo
31 percent (25 out of 80)
Despite its small size, Utah may have an advantage when it comes to developing Chinese ties, considering the large number of Chinese speaking returned missionaries, among other factors.
Left: Orbit Irrigation Products Inc. distributes some of its products through a Chinese retailer called Sorara Outdoor Living LTD manufactured in China.
According to wtcut.com, there are 2,887 Utah companies who export, and over 90,000 Utah jobs created from exporting.
Left: IM Flash Technologies facility in Lehi, Utah