The visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is warmly welcomed; it is yet another important step in further strengthening the bonds between our two countries. The mutual respect that regional peace and stability is built on is a product of such personal engagement at every level. Too much is at stake not to do so.
AN ENGLISHMAN, an American and a Japanese man walk into a bar in a small country town. Nobody looks up.
FIND a suitable long-term trusting partner who shares common values and serves mutual needs and then sign-up for sustainable contractual arrangements to seal the deal and share the future benefits.
As we watch and wait to see whether the newly ensconced United States President will go through with his threat to pull the trigger on what will be an almighty and irreparable trade war with China, something incredible is quietly unfolding between China and Australia and every Australian stands to benefit.
If someone had told Darren Minter two years ago to plant more citrus, he would've laughed and walked away. But now the Mildura farmer has used the surge in exports to China, Japan and South Korea following the Free Trade Agreements to buy another 100 acres and expand his business.
Andrew Robb, the man who negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Australia, has called for regional leaders to pressure the US into ratifying the trade pact by first turning their focus to securing a rival multilateral agreement championed by Beijing.
Former Trade Minister Andrew Robb is to become the new chairman of Australia’s premier regionally focused organisation, Asialink.
This shift has significantly broadened the Coalition’s voting base within middle Australia. And this movement overwhelmingly comes from workers and their families – Howard’s “battlers”.
Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a new position in which he will use his close China ties to help secure more than $1 billion for an Australian prawn farming company.
The future security and prosperity of Australia is reliant on sensible engagement with Asia. The country must learn to be more welcoming towards Chinese foreign investment, just as it has been to investment from other countries for the last two centuries.
It is a great honour and privilege to speak here tonight at the Sir Zelman Cowen Oration and Gala Dinner.
ARGUABLY, Australia’s most recent past trade and investment minister has disproved his own career advice. After just 2½ years in the role, there’s no doubt Andrew Robb has left a lasting impression on Australian trade.