That’s one conclusion you could draw from this table assembled by Caroline Freund of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Some of the most valuable parts of those cell phones, computers and other tech products imported from China don’t actually come from China. The raw materials are sourced from around the world, while key components are made in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan and elsewhere. Trade is complicated, and it’s also not a zero-sum endeavor in which exports are always good and imports are always bad.Still, it is useful to know what trade flows look like. Here are the top ten U.S. exports to China: