Strained US-China trade relations could affect Washington more than other states, reports Seattle Business (1 January 2018). China is Washington's top export market, but recent tensions following the US-China $346 billion trade deficit have sparked threats of sanction against China from the Trump administration, which could deal a blow to the region. However, direct Chinese investment in the US is unlikely to be impacted. Data from, a Chinese real estate site that serves potential Chinese buyers looking for properties in North America, has shown the region around Seattle to be the current top pick for Chinese homebuyers in the United States. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Chinese investors spent approximately $1.6 billion on homes in Washington state in 2016.