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Whatever happened to the Australia-China FTA?

Australia began negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with China in 2005 and completed the 21st round of talks in Beijing last month. New Zealand and China concluded their agreement after three years and 15 rounds of talks. So after nearly a decade of negotiations, where are we up to? Photo opportunity As Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Tony Abbot will be meeting at three consecutive leaders’ meeting in Shanghai, Myanmar and Brisbane this November, it seems an ideal time for them to announce a photo-opportunity conclusion. However, the odds are still even on the outcome, with the…

Do you want to come to China with us?

China Blueprint in partnership with Teed Up Travel is going to China! Why? – this is a business tour seeking to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation, by providing opportunities for regional based businesses to explore global import and export opportunities and to conduct ‘business over the horizon’. The global economy is massive and new approaches to conducting business, including expanding internet capabilities, cost effective transport and growing distribution networks; is opening up a world of new business opportunities. Global buyer and supplier markets are increasingly within the reach of regional based business and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The tour will commence in Guangzhou to…

Tony touts trade

  There’s been a honey pot of handshaking between the happy leaders of Australia, Japan and Korea. We now have the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), on the go since 2007, and the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), which began in 2008. So what’s the deal with China, with whom we began negotiating in 2005? The PM’s primal instinct is to blame the previous government, but the truth is that trade agreements are very complex negotiations. Given that China’s trade with Australia, at $125.2 billion in 2012, is just short of double that of Japan’s ($69.2 billion for…

Opportunities for designers in China

China fashion conscious citizens are currently going through a massive shift in cultural consciousness that will have a huge impact on the way consumers engage with new and emerging fashion brands, and will provide huge opportunities for up and coming designers Since  austerity measures were put in place and bans enforced on conspicuous spending by government officials and SOEs, there has been a trickle down effect that is influencing the shopping and fashion choices of the public.  People in positions of influence are less willing to display the conspicuous labels they once coveted and if they do, the public are…

Australian design to the Chinese A-list

The Biblical story of David and Goliath – one person taking on a fearsome giant and winning – may seem a bit dusty and farfetched, so we’re going to freshen it up with the real-life tale of a Bendigo girl who’s making it big in China with a small idea. Sunday February 9 was a special moment for Kerry Lorenz, designer and creative mind behind the MyOki, a biodynamic wheat bag that looks like a fashion accessory. This was the MyOki’s first foray into the Chinese A-list celebrity scene and from all appearances it was well received.

Julia and China-Australia trade relations

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s recent trip to China has set a new precedent for China-Australia relations.After attending discussions with Premier Li Keqiang, Gillard signed what’s being hailed as “the deal of the decade”, a Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries. Gillard’s deft handling of the talks resulted in the historic deal that guarantees annual talks between the two powers, and reciprocal cooperation to tackle issues such as climate change and economic ties head on together. The move sees Australia join the likes of Germany, Russia and the UK who also have similar talks in place with China.

Marketing to Chinese tourists in Australia

Australia is a popular tourist destination for Chinese visitors. I was only reminded of this on the weekend. Walking through Sydney’s Hyde Park past the water fountain, I was amazed at how many times I heard “yi, er, san” followed by the clicking of a camera. (That’s Chinese for ‘one, two, three’). The reality is that the Chinese are now the third most frequent visitors to Australia, after those from the UK and US – that’s 600,000 Chinese tourists already for 2012. In recognition of the Chinese potential for tourism, the Australian government is putting aside $30 billion for marketing…

Chinese investment – good for Australia?

Yes. Australia suffers from a lack of money at the moment. Consumer spending is down and people generally aren’t confident. Businesses think that banks are holding on tight to their cash. Without investment and confidence we cannot expand, grow, develop and make progress. Without foreign investment, we become reliant on other nations, and can’t put our footprint in other regions. We become insular.

China: the ka-ching dynasty

Did anyone see the recent Foreign Correspondent documentary “The Ka-Ching Dynasty”? This is an interesting insight into the nouveau rich of China. According to Rupert Hoogerwerf, the man responsible for composing the Hurun Report. There are 960,000 millionaires and 600,000 billionaires in China at present. By way of differentiation, billionaires are on average aged 51, live in Beijing and their children are university graduates, while millionaires are on average aged 41, live in or near Shanghai and their 10-year-old is preparing to go overseas to study in Australia, the US, UK or Canada.

Chinese perspectives on investing in Australia

John Larum recently published a report on Chinese Perspectives on Investing in Australia. for the Lowy Institute for International Policy. What does it mean and how should we respond to it? The report details that while China is Australia’s largest trading partner, we still suffer from perception differences that could potentially impact investment opportunities.