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Relationship with China

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts visited China in 2015 during the first year of his term in Office and again in 2016 with 80 representatives from various businesses, academic institutions and organizations seeking to develop cultural, business and educational ties. Previous Nebraska Governors have made multiple trips to China with similar delegations. We also welcome numerous visiting Chinese delegations to Nebraska every year.

We have great relations throughout China. Shaanxi Province and Guizhou Province are both Sister provinces of Nebraska.


Worldlawn Power Equipment Inc. (Parent Company: World Group, Inc. in China) recently invested in Beatrice, Nebraska

We have investments from companies headquartered in Jiangsu Province, Shanghai, and Shaanxi Province.

Omaha has Yantai as its Sister City in China.

On the national level, we have a key partnership with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and our Governor has good relations with Vice Premier Qishan Wan.

China is Nebraska’s fourth largest trading partner and one of the state’s fastest growing markets, having more than doubled during the past five years with a 36% increase in 2011. Combined exports totaled more than $380 million last year, up from nearly $279 million in 2010.

Over the last four years, Nebraska had 29 international investments from 12 countries. These investments totaled more than $4.17 billion, creating approximately 1,473 jobs in Nebraska. China is the country with the most investments.

Our new office in China for the state will, indeed, focus on developing these relations and new ones throughout all of China.

  • In 2010, foreign-owned businesses employed more than 23,000 workers in Nebraska
  • International trade directly sustains 30,700 Nebraska jobs
  • In fiscal year 2011, 5,899 students and exchange visitors were admitted to Nebraska
  • China is Nebraska’s fourth largest trading partner
  • University of Nebraska’s Confucius Institute in Lincoln teaches Chinese language and culture
  • Omaha, Nebraska is a twin city with Yantai, China
  • Active Chinese community

Easyway International Ribbon Cutting
From left: Mayor Doug Kindig, Former Governor Heineman, Xu Wenliang

  • China’s HRC Energy and Nebraska’s Behlen Manufacturing Company announced the formation of a new joint venture, related to renewable energy and HVAC systems.
  • Easyway International visited Nebraska for the first time, and ultimately incorporated and opened operations in the state.
  • 30 one-on-one and small group meetings with more than 60 representatives from Nebraska and international companies were held’
  • During July 28 – August 4, Governor Heineman led a delegation of almost 50 business and government leaders to China. During that time, the delegation met with the China Counsel on the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), where the Governor signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further cooperation between Nebraska and CCPIT.
  • The Governor also met with Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishang in Beijing, where Vice Premier Qishang encouraged the Nebraska delegation to continue to build business and government ties with China and the Shaanxi Provence.
  • Governor Heineman signed an agreement with Shaanxi Governor Zhao Zhenyong to establish a Sister-State Relationship with Shaanxi. This relationship builds on the economic and cultural ties between the states. For example, Easyway International is headquartered in Xi’an and has its US headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, while Xi’an Jiaotong University hosts an American Exchange Center with the University of Nebraska.

Former Governor Heineman meets Vice-Premier Wang Qishan in Beijing


Established a Nebraska Center in Shanghai with the Shanghai Small and Medium Enterprise Center


Governor Ricketts at Ministry of Commerce Meeting


Governor Ricketts meets with officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Governor Ricketts receiving gift from Madam Li, President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship


Governor Ricketts on first trade mission to China.