Ciobo seeks to charm way into China’s good books
AFTER the Turnbull Government languished for eight months in China’s sin bin, the first minister to visit the mainland was keen to go on a charm offensive.
Relations with China have soured in the past year and Beijing is especially cranky about Australia’s foreign-interference laws.
No Australian minister had visited the Chinese mainland for eight months until Trade Minister Steve Ciobo (pictured) broke the drought this week.
However, it’s understood his schedule does not include meetings with anyone senior from the Chinese Government.
Mr Ciobo’s trip is predominantly to attend a Port Adelaide-Gold Coast AFL clash in Shanghai, as well as Asia’s largest food and beverage exhibition.
He delivered a speech at an Australia-China business awards ceremony yesterday.
“For the partnership between Australia and China, if we find ourselves in choppy waters, we should bring our boats together and help each other to find a way to the other shore, avoiding the storm,” Mr Ciobo said.
He also lavished praise on President Xi Jinping and China’s One-Belt One-Road international infrastructure building scheme.