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Gillard’s quest for front row seat before the music stops [The Age] #SinoAustralianTies #RisingChina

Will this round of significant bilateral affirmation come to naught if the Aussie leadership changes hands come September?

This is a multifaceted harvest for Australia. It includes direct convertibility sidewinding the USD$ in trade, strategic military partnerships and the unprecedented move for an institutionalized annual leaders’ face to face meetings to lock in its number one customer for the longer run. See – China deal paves way for ‘frank talk‘ (The Age]

However, also consider –
Professor Hugh White (The Age TV) on the pitfalls of over stretching this trilateral dance with the US and China

For the Chinese perspective,

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivers a speech at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) during her visit in Shanghai, east China, April 8, 2013. (Xinhua/Chen Fei)

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Gillard’s quest for front row seat before the music stops
By Laurie Pearcey
Source – The Age, published April 9, 2013
66 comments as of April 10, 2013

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Taking initiative: Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Shanghai as part of her six-day China visit.

Gillard lands big one with China deal

Comment: PM puts name on board and gets relationship on track

It is surely one of history’s great ironies that Richard Milhous Nixon, champion of the McCarthy era and fierce anti-communist, is remembered with great fondness and nostalgia in China as America’s finest statesman.

With this week’s Newspoll showing the Gillard government still destined for electoral oblivion, it’s not too cheeky to ask how Sino-Australian history will remember the Gang of Four Labor frontbenchers finishing up their six-day visit to China.

That three of her cabinet colleagues and no fewer than three business delegations accompanied the Prime Minister demonstrates to Beijing that Australia is well and truly committed to the bilateral relationship.

This stuff matters in the world of Chinese diplomacy.

When Xi Jinping last visited Australia in 2010 he was accompanied by a retinue of ministers, vice-ministers and a business delegation of more than 300 company executives from the length and breadth of China’s provinces and powerful state-owned enterprises.

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Chinese president Xi’s speech at Boao draws positive comments [Xinhua] #RisingChina #XiJinPing #Boao

To access the full keynote address, please go to Xinhua (Bilingual version) April 8, 2013

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Chinese president Xi’s speech at Boao draws positive comments
English.news.cn
Source – Xinhua, published April 8, 2013

BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech at a major regional forum in the south of China Sunday has been widely reported by media across the world and captured experts’ attention.

Indian media and strategic analysts said Xi’s speech at opening of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2013 reaffirmed China’s foreign policy, especially its Asian policy under the new leadership.

Tarun Basu, president of Indo-Asian News Service, called it an important policy speech by the new Chinese leader.

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Boao Forum For Asia Annual Conference 2013 #China #BoaoForum #Hainan

Running 6-8 April this year, the non-government, non-profit Boao platform facilitates a convergence of leading minds, not just political leaders only, for discourse and exchange. In some ways, this forum, running since 1998 is an Asia-Pacific equivalent of Davos.

That it is on China’s turf at the dawn of its new leadership is something the Chinese milk fully. Regional leaders, along with their top business and academic minds now arrive as guests in their home ground. President Xi Jinping gives the keynote address on Sunday.

Check out the Boao forum website here.

The conference agenda (.doc) can be found here.

Keep up to date with the Chinese perspective of the Boao forum at Xinhua here.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein during a welcoming ceremony held by President Xi Jinping for President U Thein Sein in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, April 5, 2013. Source – Xinhua/Pang Xinglei

For the BBC perspective: China’s Boao Forum due to start April 6, 2013

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