“China, the world’s largest economy, has set its eyes on Georgia, a traditional gateway between Asia and Europe, and its investment power could transform the poverty-stricken South Caucasus country’s prospects, some observers believe.
Driven by Georgia’s privileged access to the European Union, and strategic location on the Black Sea, Chinese investment interests run the gamut, and look set to expand.
They could even include a free-trade agreement.
Among the 22 mid-size to large Chinese companies registered in Georgia, a private company from the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi is providing much of the locomotive power for such deals.”
I am sympathetic with many of Russia’s concerns regarding NATO advances into what Russia considers its regional sphere of interest. What would the USA think if Mexico or the Bahamas allied itself with anti-American interests around the world? However, the Russian heavy-handed approach has only driven Georgians and other neighbors away from Russia. No carrot and all stick is not a wise policy. It would seem that Russia is changing its aggressive policy in Georgia, but it may be too little too late.
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