Georgia, Mired in Election Disputes, Fosters Cozy Ties With China

- THE EPOCH TIMES - Dec 11, 2020 -

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A general view of the exterior of the Georgia Dome before the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Louisville Cardinals and the Wichita State Shockers in Atlanta, Ga., on April 6, 2013. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

As the presidential election results in Georgia face challenges from voter fraud claims, the state has also come under the spotlight for its business ties with China.

Most recently, Georgia Democrat Richard Ossoff, a media executive who is running for U.S. senator, received complaints (pdf) from the Georgia GOP for allegedly hiding his connections to a Hong Kong media firm linked to the Chinese government.


China has been Georgia’s largest trading partner for the past five years, making up 15 percent to one-fifth of the state’s total international trade volume between 2015 to 2019, according to Georgia’s commerce data (pdf).


Records from both the state’s official website and Chinese media reports reveal close ties that extend beyond trade and span across party affiliation. Aside from investments from nearly 50 Chinese businesses into the state, the two have developed sister city agreements and academic partnership programs that have come under growing scrutiny under the Donald Trump administration.


Attracting Chinese Investment


Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), the state’s marketing agency, uses a website with a Chinese domain to promote business opportunities in China, Mexico, and Peru. By contrast, sites for other countries use a U.S. domain (georgia.org). The domain name, www.georgiabusiness.cn, is registered under a Chinese computer software developer called Beijing Demeng Sunny Technology Development, according to records compiled by U.S. web hosting company GoDaddy.


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