Governor Sonny Perdue of the U.S. state of Georgia has proclaimed Oct. 1, 2009 as "China's National Day in Georgia," calling on local citizens to celebrate with the Chinese people on the occasion.
"October 1, 2009 marks the 60th (founding) anniversary of the People's Republic of China. With our strong bond of friendship and growing economic partnership, the state of Georgia is pleased to celebrate with the People's Republic of China on the occasion of its National Day," Perdue said in a sealed proclamation dated on Sept. 16.
China and the U.S. state of Georgia share a dynamic and growing relationship with deep social and economic roots. According to the Atlanta Chapter of the U.S. National Association of Chinese-Americans, approximately 50,000 Chinese live in Georgia.
"The contributions of these individuals, along with the companies, universities and organizations with direct ties to both lands, help bring together two nations half a world apart," Perdue said, adding that the linkage between China and Georgia continues to strengthen and multiply.
China has been the fastest growing market for U.S. exports for 6 years in a row, and is now the major export destination for Georgia and seven other states in the U.S. South. Statistics show that Georgia took the third place among the 8 states in the south, exporting nearly two billion dollars of products and services to China in 2008.