For China, the New Year got off to an inauspicious start in the South Caucasus country of Georgia after a Chinese-Georgian consortium failed to win a contract to build a deep-water port on the Black Sea.
The consortium earlier had been seen as the Georgian government’s preferred candidate, but, on February 8, officials instead announced that the Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC), an American-Georgian partnership, had won the tender.
Ironically, the announcement came on Chinese New Year’s Day. In an emailed statement to EurasiaNet.org, Deputy Economy Minister Irma Kavtaradze did not offer a detailed explanation about the tender choice. “In selecting companies for bidding, the government commission was guided by financial, technical, economic, and legal criteria to identify the best bidder,” she wrote.
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Monica Ellena is a Tbilisi-based freelance journalist.