Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China

Exports up 11 times what they were in 2002

It’s a presidential election year, and candidates from both parties are criticizing China as a trade partner. At the same time, Internet “memes,” or photos like the one shown here, are making the rounds on social media.

ForTheRecord says: Michigan’s exports to China have increased from $284 million in 2002 to $3.2 billion in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. China is the third-largest export market for Michigan goods behind Canada and Mexico. 

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