Tennessee looks to lure more investment from China amid political backlash

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a press conference in Nashville on Jan. 23, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

While China has become a favorite bogeyman on the campaign trail this year, Tennessee officials are still courting the country’s business.

A recorded message from Gov. Bill Lee was played at the North American Chinese Investment Summit in Beijing over the weekend, according to China.tn.org.

The event was themed “Navigating the New Path of Outbound Investment for Chinese Enterprises in a VUCA World.” VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

“We just want you to know that here in Tennessee we are open for business,” Lee said in the video, which officials send out to various economic development events around the world. “And we understand the value of partnership and relationship, especially with foreign owned companies.” 

“If you’re considering locating here in Tennessee, we would love to have you,” the governor said.

The event was organized by the Tennessee China Development Center.

30 Responses to Tennessee looks to lure more investment from China amid political backlash

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Astonishingly tone deaf Governor Lee!

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    Karen Bracken says:

    Is this Governor for real? As President Trump and Pompeo warned Governors about doing business with China this goof ball thinks he is some worldwide economist. The LAST thing TN should be doing is inviting more infiltration of a clear enemy into our country. Perhaos the useful idiot Lee should watch RIDING THE DRAGON and read how the Chinese have spied on our cou try and steal our military secrets and our technologies. This SMELLS to me a lot like Haslam. Perhaps Haslam has business deals in the shadows???

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    steve cates says:

    There’s such a mixed message from the republicans. 45 loves the Chinese leader and claims the affection is returned two fold. We are warned, however, about the bad Chinese here in our country. Universities are closing out China cooperative efforts. What’s an ordinary Tennessean to believe?

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      Karen Bracken says:

      The smart Tennesseean does their homework and their research. Perhaps start with RIDING THE DRAGON a new documentary by Peter Sweizer. https://bidenfilm.com
      Then start reading about the Chinese communist party and the crimes against humanity over centuries.

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        MARLE says:

        Any other country committed crimes against humanity over the last several centuries or only the Chinese?

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          James White says:

          Communists countries have committed the crimes over the last two centuries.
          Remember Marle, there are two enemies: Collectivism and Amorality.
          China and Russia together are the Main issue.

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            MARLE says:

            I can think of several others.

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            James White says:

            Marle and all:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOa1foc5IXI
            This address by G. Edward Griffin, given in 1968, is as current as today’s headlines. Mr. Griffin shows that the Leninist strategy for conquest involves two kinds of revolution: One is violent; the other is non-violent.

            While most people think only of violent revolution, the non-violent phase is where most of the action has been in the United States. Leninists call it the Proletarian Revolution and it involves the gradual transition to Marxism (which is merely one form of collectivism) by use of the ballot box. Control is achieved through economic pressures rather than guns and executions.

            This program shows how Leninists utilize mass-membership organizations, politicians, and the parliamentary process to bring about totalitarianism with little opposition from those who are being subjugated.

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            MARLE says:

            I taught a college level course to high school AP students entitled “Communism, Fascism, and Democracy”. No need for tutorials from you, James.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    This Lee man has the dumbest smirks. You can see he is trying to make coherent thoughts but can’t quite get there

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Negotium Vincit Omnia

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    Dedire Pesterfield says:

    Obviously you don’t know how many companies the Chinese own in the USA and you want to involve them in more. Boy did I ever waste my vote on you but don’t worry I will not make that mistake again and it definitely was a mistake. You are the wrong person to be governor of Tennessee.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Yeah, can’t wait for more of my tax dollars to be routed to China.

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    Kosh III says:

    Amazing how avowed “capitalists” love love LOVE to do business with Red China just to save a penny.

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      MARLE says:

      A lot of the business that has shifted out of China has gone to Vietnam. That is something Trump bragged about. YOU do realize that Vietnam is communist. RED communist.

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    Alan says:

    He has lost my support

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The republicans just want the money – that is always the main goal. One republican says this, the next says the opposite. The lesson to be learned here is that you should avoid what the republicans are selling. We can’t ignore China but we should not be proposing new business deals with them. Lee wants them in TN, Trump thinks they gave us the “Chinese Flu” on purpose and he won’t even talk to them. The GOP can’t even get there own story straight. When you don’t know who your friends and enemies are, you are in real trouble. We have a choice coming up to rectify this situation.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      I’m very convinced that Bill Lee is not a Republican.

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        Donna Locke says:

        He’s a religious evangelist getting state contracts.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        It was obvious that he was not a Republican, or much of anything else, when he ran in the Republican Primary. He was a, let’s hear it audience, NO RECORD CANDIDATE who could certainly have run for county commission, maybe even the General Assembly, but GOVERNOR?!?!? With Sethi’s convincing defeat I would like to think the voters learned something but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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          Jonathan Swift says:

          Similarly, with the results of the 2016 elections, I would like to think the voters learned something but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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