With a purpose-built consulate imminent in the Adelaide CBD to employ 25 staff, a temporary consulate has been opened by The Premier Jay Weatherill. The consulate was part of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), free trade agreement of 2015 and follows SA’s biggest ever trade mission to China in May 2015.
“South Australia’s export economy has received a glowing endorsement, with the opening of a Chinese consulate general in Adelaide. Premier Jay Weatherill said yesterday the consulate represents a significant lifting of the relationship between China and South Australia. This is the highest level of diplomatic office that a state government can be afforded by a foreign country,” he said. “It will be a substantial office that will have political, cultural and economic attachés associated with it.” Source.