WASHINGTON -- China continues to be an important contributor to US economic growth, saidthe US-China Business Council (USCBC) in its annual report on US exports to China onTuesday.
Over the past 10 years, US exports to China have increased 198 percent, higher than the growthto any of the other top ten US export markets, including its two largest trading partners, Canadaand Mexico.
The report said that the exports to China helped support a wide range of industries including transportation equipment, crop production, computers and electronics, and chemical industries inthe United States. It quoted data from the US Commerce Department as saying that globalexports, including those to China, supported 11.7 million jobs in the United States in 2014.
Data from the US Commerce Department showed that US exports of goods to China rose 1.5percent from 2013 to $124.7 billion in 2014, making it the US' third largest export market.
The report expected the growth of US exports to China is likely to remain at a lower rate thanseen in the past years, as China is undergoing a slower economic growth.
But it expected US companies to have broader opportunities in the Chinese market, in view of its growing middle class and its change toward a consumer-driven growth model.