🤝 China: Official trade talks progressing

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt hosted a delegation from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs led by Vice Minister Ma Youxiang earlier this week in Canberra. Read the Minister’s media release here.

Trade Minister Farrell has said he hopes to visit China in the coming weeks to resolve trade blockages:

“If that means going to China a few times, well that’s what we will do. If it means sending more officials up there to work through particular problems, or their officials coming down to inspect abattoirs or going down to Robe in South Australia and having a look at the terrific conditions in which we produce our crayfish, then we are going to have to do that.”

The Minister spoke to The Guardian here, and the Australian Financial Review here (login may be required).

Chinese perspectives from The China Daily here,  Xinmin News here (Chinese), and Global Times here (Chinese).

In another positive sign for the recovery of trade ties, a delegation of Australian businesses, including HSBC Australia, Telstra, ANZ, Rio Tinto, Cochlear, Fortescue and King and Wood Mallesons, plans to visit China next week. Read more in the Australian Financial Review here (login may be required).

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