Albers School of Business and Economics


Joe Borich

Washington State China Relations Council

Company Description

The Washington State China Relations Council, founded in 1979 following the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, is a private and nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting stronger commercial, educational, and cultural relations between the state of Washington and the People's Republic of China. The Council is the oldest non-governmental statewide trade association dealing specifically with China.

Today the Council represents over 160 companies. It provides trade support and information to many of Washington State's leading corporations, from firms that have built long-standing direct business relations with China to small businesses who currently do business with China or are in the process of breaking into the Chinese market. Current members include The Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Seafirst Bank, and Weyerhaeuser Company as well as ports, banks, law firms, accounting firms, wholesalers/retailers, manufacturers, high-tech companies, service providers, import/export companies, consultants, universities, non-profit organizations, and Chinese firms with offices in the state. The Council is financed principally by the annual dues of our members.

Job Description

Joseph J. Borich is the President of the Washington State China Relations Council. In his current position, Mr. Borich leads the only State-level association dedicated solely to promoting relations with China.

Employment History

Prior to his current position, Mr. Borich was a Foreign Service Officer. He entered the Foreign Service in 1972 and was closely associated with the China field throughout most of his career, serving under every president from Nixon to Clinton in a China-related capacity. His last assignment was as Consul General in Shanghai from October 1994 through June 1997; he previously helped open this Consulate General in 1980. He also served as Director of the Taiwan Coordination Staff in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Department of State, and prior to that as the last Deputy Chief of Mission in the former U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu.


Mr. Borich was born in Minnesota in 1944, received a bachelors degree from South Dakota State University in 1967, and a masters degree from the University of South Dakota in 1972. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand from 1967 to 1969, and served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971, including a tour in Vietnam. Mr. Borich, his wife Ting Hsiao-hui and their daughter Grace reside in Seattle.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Late afternoon in my office is preferred.