Agreement on live export slaughter sheep and goat protocol to China

Andrew Cummings
April 2, 2017

Lis visit to Australia and New Zealand is the first by a Chinese premier in 11 years.

But the resolution of Australia's beef over beef exports came with a gentle reminder to Canberra, and other regional neighbours, that China will not back down on the South China Sea and regards its outposts in worldwide waters as its sovereign territory.

Australia and China reach agreements aimed at increasing tradeDeals were announced by Australia and China during meetings between Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Australia.

Mr Li and Mr Turnbull will watch the Sydney Swans take on Port Adelaide on the weekend.

Mr Turnbull's AFL engagement with Mr Li follows a series of forums attended by Australian state and territory and Chinese provincial leaders on Friday.

Premier Li met NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Saturday. "It has put Australian exporters in pole position to capitalize on China's growing middle class and their increasing demand for the high quality goods and services Australia offers".

Li told lawmakers and business leaders that he expected "everyone will win" from free trade between his country and Australia as the close relationship between to two countries "moved forward".

"China is going to milk as much as it can" but the reality of the relationship was unlikely to change, Dr Varrall said.

Chilled and frozen market access to China frequently appears among the priorities in lists of non-tariff trade barriers hampering Australian red meat export trade.

'It would be a different story of course if Chinese forces actually stopped challenging the Australian air force surveillance flights over global waters in the South China Sea, ' he told AAP, adding these had been challenged dozens of times in recent years. He added that his country will work with China to defend free trade and open markets, which will bring more benefits to both peoples.

Zheng said that annual China-Australia bilateral trade had exceeded $107 billion and bilateral investment exceeded $100 billion, and that the bilateral trade volume in the first two months of 2017 had grown almost 50 percent year-on-year.

"Even if there is a certain amount of defense equipment or facilities, it is for maintaining the freedom of navigation".

China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, through which about US$5 trillion (S$7 trillion) worth of trade passes each year.

As well as pulling the United States out of that pact, Trump — who campaigned on an "America First" platform — has said he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Li also defended China's stance on the South China Sea. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims to parts of the sea.

China has copped global criticism for its activities building artificial islands in the South China Sea and its installation of weapons on them.

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