On March 29 and March 30, 2019, the delegation met with a diverse group of local industry leaders, businesses, economic development organizations, academics, and civic and community leaders, including WSCRC members Global Innovation Exchange and Boeing, to discuss the impacts of the ongoing trade war on Washington state.
The delegates came away with a positive impression of Washington state and its commercial and cultural linkages with China. Delegates were grateful for the chance to see and hear about a far less fractious relationship than what often comes out of the “other” Washington. While the ongoing trade dispute has fomented a large amount of negative attention, businesses and civic leaders in Washington are committed to a strong and robust relationship with China. Washington state businesses and governments and view this relationship as critical to the state’s long-term economic success.