ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It pays for a Chinese company to hire an influential state lawmaker, and vice-versa.

In April 2013, a Chinese company closed a $1.2 million contract with lawyer and state delegate Terry Kilgore to protect its interests in building a Virginia Beach arena and to help lift sanctions imposed on the company by the Bush administration in 2002, according to a contract between the two parties obtained by Watchdog.org.

Two months later, according to the state department website, the federal government lifted those sanctions from that same company.