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Australia's Trade Minister To Visit China For Talks, Promotion

2009. 4 May

( CANBERRA -(Dow Jones)- Australia's Trade Minister Simon Crean is in China this week for talks and various promotional activities, including for Australia's growing exports and commercial interests in the rapidly developing inland districts of Kunming and Wuhan, he said in a statement issued Sunday.

The minister will meet senior Shanghai leaders to discuss Australia's growing business presence in that city, especially in the services and resource sectors, and on Friday he will officially launch an Australian pavilion site at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

In Kunming, he will open an Australian Architecture and Design Exhibition and promote Australian involvement in planned major infrastructure projects. In Yunnan, Crean will meet agribusiness and resource sector investors and customers to discuss Australia's trade and investment interests.

He will also lead a green-building mission of Australian companies in Wuhan and participate in a number of green-building and urban planning-themed events.

"Australia is seeking to diversify and deepen our strong trading relationship with China into new sectors such as architecture and design, green-building, environmental management and sustainable development," Crean said in a statement.

Australia and China are engaged in protracted negotiations over a free trade agreement but Crean's statement makes no specific mention of this, nor whether he will participate in talks to move these forward.

-By Ray Brindal, Dow Jones Newswires; 612-6208-0902;

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