The Chinese market for Michigan goods continues to grow. So it's strange that politicians here continue to point fingers at Chinese trade for Michigan's economic decay.

Since 2005, Michigan's exports to China increased by 91 percent, while Michigan's exports to the world dropped by 14 percent, largely due to a substantial decrease in 2009.

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However, it appears that state exports recovered in 2010. First quarter data shows that Michigan's exports are returning to 2010 levels and that our exports to China are having a banner year.

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There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

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