Ciobo seeks to charm way into China’s good books

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NATION -

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.

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