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THE pos­si­bil­i­ties for Chi­nese in­vest­ment in the Whit­sun­days is con­tin­u­ing to move for­ward.

China Aus­tralia En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion Inc (CAEAI ) pres­i­dent Ray­mond Wang re­mains con­fi­dent in his re­cent $5bil­lion Air­lie Beach casino bid and has now taken steps to iden­tify other busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion.

On Tues­day, Mr Wang’s as­so­ci­a­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil wel­comed a Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion from Yinchuan who will spend the next cou­ple of days ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for agri­cul­ture ex­port, con­struc­tion and property de­vel­op­ment.

Coun­cil’s CEO Scott Wa­ters said that last year, Coun­cil’s may­oral del­e­ga­tion vis­ited the city of Yinchuan in the Ning Xia prov­ince as part of its trade mis­sion to China.

“The del­e­ga­tions’ visit to the Whit­sun­day re­gion this week is a di­rect re­sult of the re­la­tion­ships Coun­cil built dur­ing last year’s trip to China,” he said.

“The Coun­cil in-con­junc­tion with the CAEAI is very pleased to be able to re­turn their hos­pi­tal­ity and help demon­strate to this ini­tial Yinchuan del­e­ga­tion what the en­tire re­gion has to of­fer.”

Over the next two days, the del­e­ga­tion’s eight mem­bers will be meet­ing with tourism oper­a­tors and agri­cul­tural en­ter­prises to dis­cuss po­ten­tial in­vest­ments and re­view the ex­port of lo­cal pro­duce to China.

Fur­ther del­e­ga­tions in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment of Yinchuan and a may­oral del­e­ga­tion from Yongn­ing County, are ex­pected to visit the re­gion in the com­ing months.

Mr Wa­ters said this was an ex­cit­ing time for the Whit­sun­day re­gion which was cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a high level of in­ter­est from in­vestors both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. And for any de­trac­tors, he had this to say. “I think those that aren’t sup­port­ive of fur­ther growth and de­vel­op­ment should look at some of the plans that have been put for­ward and how the del­e­ga­tions that we’ve re­ceived have been very mind­ful of de­liv­er­ing for the com­mu­nity.

“As a Coun­cil we are a con­duit for the com­mu­nity and we will be able to help guide and pro­vide the very best pos­si­ble re­sults.”

WARM WEL­COME: Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Scott Wa­ters, Cr Jan Clif­ford, Deputy Mayor Andrew Will­cox and China Aus­tralia En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion Inc rep­re­sen­ta­tives Mark Beale, Tony Lau­rent, Lee Cata­nia, Do­minic Cle­mente and David Ni, wel­com­ing Ai­hua Zhao, Guox­i­ang Zheng, Zhifeng Li, Xin­sheng Wang, Hong Zheng, Yi Xiao, Xing Ma, and Zhen­ming Li to the Whit­sun­days this week.

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