Malcolm Turnbull is all set for his China visit. He will leave Australia tomorrow night. The Prime Minister will enjoy lunch with the richest and powerful people in the country on Thursday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a keynote address at the Australia week on Thursday in China gala lunch which is the part of his first visit to the country. The core focus of the visit is to showcase Australian trade, investment and tourism opportunity. The lunch will be attended by 1,800 people, reported The Sidney Morning Herald.
An Austrade spokesperson said, “Australia enjoys a strong reputation in China but the Chinese market remains fiercely competitive. AWIC 2016 will help position Australian companies to take maximum advantage of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.”
China is Australia’s top economic partner. Every year the number of Chinese students, tourists and migrants are increasing. Turnbull’s first visit to China is very significant as Australian voters are going to measure their new Prime Minister on the basis of this visit, reported The Australian.
The rapidly intensified engagement between both the countries drove the commodities boom. However, now it needs to be evolved as both Australia and China are heading to a transition of economies. Consequentially, people are waiting to see the Prime Minister’s handling of the situation.
Rowan Callick of The Australian noted, “In the economic sphere, do whatever it takes. In that equally booming interpersonal space, ditto. In the strategic realm, don’t stir up trouble, but stick by the US alliance and stay close to our old friend Japan.”
Callick further stated that Chinese leaders are expecting that the first two areas will bring change in the third one. However, they are in no hurry. Instead, they will like it to continue consistently and predictably as it was during the days of John Howard’s.
Turnbull has already addressed many China-centric issues such as the controversial Darwin Portal deal, tensions in the South China Sea, and the sacking of Stuart Robert over a visit to China.