“The South Australian delegation will be accompanied to Shandong by Australia’s Ambassador to China, Frances Adamson. Shandong, which has a population of 95 million people, and SA have been sister states since 1986 and have hosted reciprocal trade missions over the decades. Mr Weatherill said the purpose of the delegation was to strengthen ties, particularly with Shandong.” The size and stature of this delegation demonstrates our commitment to the relationship,” he said. Mr Weatherill left on Sunday with 60 South Australian representatives, 40 of them non-government, on a nine-day trip to Hong Kong, Beijing and SA’s sister province, Shandong. It’s the first visit since the State Government released its China Engagement Strategy and is being led by newly-appointed China strategic adviser Sean Keenihan. Mr Keenihan said the trip was very timely, building on the advances in the broader Australia-China relationship made during Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s visit to China earlier this month. “The Premier leading this delegation and engaging in a series of targeted activities will advantage South Australian companies, institutions and organisations striving for deeper engagement with China,” he said.
By: Valerina Changarathil; From: The Advertiser; April 23, 2013
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