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
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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