Lindsay Liu, managing director of Georgia's trade and tourism office in Beijing, is confident that the state can attract investment from China and boost exports there despite the financial crisis that has sent reverberations throughout global markets.

When doing business internationally, knowing the right people can be critical. This article is part of a series introducing GlobalAtlanta readers to the state of Georgia’s economic representatives in 10 countries.  Click the links below to see short profiles and videos of those on the front lines of the state’s worldwide economic development.

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China, Georgia’s third largest export destination in 2008, hosts the state’s newest trade office in Beijing. The office, the Beijing Georgia Business Advisory Center Co. Ltd., officially opened in April 2008 and is headed by Lindsay Liu.

Ms. Liu, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, told GlobalAtlanta in a 2008 interview that despite the economic downturn, Georgia still has opportunities to attract Chinese tourists and investors, and China continues to offer new markets for Georgia exports.

Georgia companies exported $1.97 billion in products to China in 2008, up 23 percent from the year before. Three Chinese companies invested a combined $75 million in manufacturing facilities in Georgia in 2007. Ms. Liu previously worked with Fleishman-Hillard Inc., an international public relations firm, assisting clients to develop business relationships in China.

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