BEIJING Oct 6 China and Georgia on Wednesday
signed a preliminary free trade agreement that is expected to
take effect from the end of 2017.
The deal is expected to see Chinese firms building ports and
railways in Georgia, and will boost Georgian wine exports to the
world's No.2 economy, according to a statement posted on the
website of China's commerce ministry.
Georgia, with a population of 3.7 million, has deposits of
minerals such as copper and manganese.
China is Georgia's fourth-largest trade partner and its
second-biggest importer of wine, according to the statement.
(Reporting by Chen Aizhu; Editing by Joseph Radford)