Georgia governors have long dreamt of a Chinese investment onslaught that sends new business surging through the state. Sonny Perdue once compared the painstaking process to farming: You plant, you water, you fertilizer and then wait for the harvest.
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Georgia and China at a glance
— China’s economy is the world’s second-largest.
— Georgia exports to China totaled nearly $3.7 billion in 2012, making China the state’s second-largest export market.
— Top exports: Civilian aircraft engines, cotton, poultry and chemical woodpulp.
— Georgia imports to China totaled $15.8 billion in 2012, making China the top international importer to the state.
— Top imports: Machinery, furniture, knitted clothing and medical equipment.
— At least 64 Georgia companies have operations in China.
— There are 19 Chinese facilities operating in Georgia and they employ more than 375 people. The largest is Sany America, a manufacturing firm that employs more than 150 people.