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“Re-Enter The Dragon”: What Will Chinese Investment In Australia Do For The Arts?

After Failed Business Deals Earlier In The Year, Chinese Investment In Australia Is Back In A Big Way

Despite setbacks, Chinese-Australian business ties have deepened in the last few years

Despite setbacks, Chinese-Australian business ties have deepened in the last few years

The Australian reports this week that Australia remains a popular destination for Chinese investments, even after the ill-fated Chinalco-Rio Tinto negotiations earlier this year and China’s subsequent incarceration of Rio executive Stern Hu, an Australian national, along with three of his Chinese colleagues:

[T]he core complementary elements that have increasingly driven the economies together — Australia’s need for capital and for markets, China’s need for inputs for its industrial machine, and for international enmeshment — have not changed.

Paul Glasson, Shanghai-based managing director of Sigiriya Capital, a leading figure in putting together deals between Chinese and Australian companies, says: “The core proposition between Australia and China remains the same. The bottom line demand and desire to supply resources has not changed.”

This became palpable when Resources Minister Martin Ferguson flew to Beijing to initial on August 18 the deal through which state-owned giant PetroChina agreed to buy $50bn worth of gas from the Gorgon field off Western Australia.

With scant notice, he secured a brief but crucial meeting with the central player in China’s zou chu qu — go global — campaign, the chairman of the immensely powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Zhang Ping.

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