Premier strengthening ties with China

Premier Steven Marshall will visit China in a bid to strengthen relationships, build export opportunities and forge ahead with the State Government’s plans to establish a trade office in Shanghai.

“China is South Australia’s biggest export partner, worth more than $2.3 billion, and it is imperative that the State Government continues to increase trade and investment links with this key market,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

“Our state has a long-standing friendship with China, and the new State Government is committed to developing this further to deliver greater mutual benefits.

“Recently, I met with ambassador Jingye Cheng here in Australia and it was a great opportunity to speak to His Excellency about the new State Government’s ambition to grow the size of our exports to China.

“China represents Australia’s biggest export market and we are committed to growing the market in areas such as food, wine and services.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet with businesses in Shanghai, both Chinese and South Australian, to discuss barriers and expectations around trade and how we can grow our exports.

“In recent years we’ve lost ground in the Chinese market and the State Liberal Government has an ambitious agenda to improve our export performance.

“To improve this performance the State Liberal Government is committed to opening a South Australian trade office in Shanghai to grow exports into the lucrative Chinese market, driving millions of dollars into our economy and creating more jobs.

“Trade offices provide on the ground support for exporters enabling them to develop the deeper, longer term engagements necessary to prosper in foreign markets.

“A stronger South Australian trade footprint in countries of the highest potential like China offers the prospect of increased jobs and investment at home - put simply, more exports means more South Australian jobs.

“I will also be an official guest at the match between Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast Suns at Adelaide Arena, part of Jiangwan Stadium, in Shanghai – and of course I’m hoping that the Power come away with a win.

“This, of course, is an important opportunity to advance South Australia’s prospects in this important market and I congratulate the work done by the Port Adelaide Football Club, and the AFL to make this happen.

“I would like to particularly acknowledge the investment that Port Adelaide Football Club has made to make this showcase a reality, and I sincerely hope that they continue to be one of the AFL clubs playing here for decades to come.”

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