At least four Chinese delegations will visit Atlanta in the coming months to discuss investment and solidify government relationships.

The Chicago-based U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce is bringing Han Jiuyun, vice mayor of Changzhou, China, to the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel May 10 for an investment conference.

Changzhou is about two hours west of Shanghai by car. It is home to many large factories, including a tractor plant established by Duluth-based AGCO Corp. last year. The area is strong in electronics, transportation systems, renewable energy and machinery.

On May 9, a day before the Changzhou event, a group of 10 government officials from Jiaxing, a major textile-producing city of more than 3 million people in Zhejiang province, will visit the World Trade Center Atlanta. At the free event, the group hopes to explore high-tech, business and outsourcing opportunities.    

In two weeks, a delegation of government officials from Shandong province will visit Georgia to shore up ties with the state. Shandong and Georgia are part of a worldwide alliance of states that meets every two years to discuss development issues at the state level.

Shandong is a coastal province of 93 million people. Provincial officials have visited Georgia three times in the past two years. Last June, they signed an agreement to discuss further cooperation.

In August, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade is planning to bring about 100 businesspeople from a variety of industries to Atlanta. The council is still recruiting for that trip, said Stella Xu, the Georgia Department of Economic Development‘s director of China initiatives for tourism and global commerce.

For more information on the Changzhou event, call (312) 368-9911 or visit

For more on the Zhejiang delegation at the World Trade Center Atlanta, call Lilia Postolachi at (404) 813-6672 or email her at

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