Australian trade minister expresses confidence in Sino-Austra

CANBERRA – Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham has said he has confidence tha

t the relationship between Australia and China will continue to prosper in 2019 in his Chinese New Year Message.

In a statement confirmed by the Australian embassy in China on Friday, Birmingham e

xtended his “best wishes of health, happiness, success and prosperity to everyone who is celebrating the Lunar New Year”.

“With over 1.2 million people of Chinese heritage living in Australia, it is a s

pecial time for many communities and families across our nation,” he said.

“As the Australian Minister for Trade, I am very aware of the strong economic re

lationship between our two nations. China is Australia’s largest trading partn

er and both our countries continue to reap the benefits of the landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement,” he said.

Birmingham saw “this strong trade and investment relationship in

action” when he visited Shanghai last November for the China International Import Expo.

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