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Voices from Australia, NZ’s govt and media on Premier’s visit

Updated: Mar 30,2017 3:21 PM

Although Premier Li Keqiang has wrapped up his visit to Australia and New Zealand, his trip has been a hot topic for government websites and media in both countries. High-level talks, free trade and cooperation in various fields are among their top concerns.

Official website of Prime Minister of Australia

“Our China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, now just over a year old, has opened even wider the doors of opportunity.’’— Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, March 23.

“Premier Li’s visit is an opportunity to reflect on how much we have achieved and take steps to ensure our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership continues to strengthen into the future.” — Turnbull, March 24.

“The more you work together, the more both sides benefit.”— Turnbull, March 24.

“Our dynamic economic partnership is proof that trade and investment liberalization is the clear path to economic security and prosperity.” — Turnbull, March 24.

“Port Adelaide playing the Gold Coast Suns, a great opportunity for Australian-Chinese cooperation, Australian-Chinese engagement in every field and above all on the sporting field.” — Turnbull, March 24.

Australian Broadcasting Corp

“This [Premier Li’s visit to Australia] provides a strategic window for China to present itself as a stable, predictable economic leader, especially in the region.” — March 22

The Conversation website

“In the new global reality that seems to be tilting toward protectionism and anti-globalization, China and Australia offer a perfect example of how free trade does not lead to tit-for-tat combat, but generates gains for both.” — March 27

Sydney Morning Herald

“Local beef producers have won unfettered entree to the Chinese domestic market for the first time.” — March 25

Official website of New Zealand Government

“The Free Trade Agreement with China has been an enormous success.” — Prime Minister of New Zealand Bill English, March 27

“Our two countries also plan to cooperate more in the international climate change negotiations.” — Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett, March 27

“A new international agreement will focus on attracting high-value Chinese visitors who stay longer, spend more and travel independently.” — Tourism Minister Paula Bennett, March 27

“I’m pleased to help build on the positive relationship that exists between New Zealand and China.” — Youth Minister Nikki Kaye, March 28. She announced the funding of $25,000 to support the New Zealand China Young Leaders Forum 2017.

New Zealand Herald

“Trade openness and strong ties in the region are critical to New Zealand’s economic growth, prosperity, and job creation.” — March 27

Radio New Zealand

“This is really an opportunity for us to think about how we can contribute to this initiative which, as it goes forward, could well define the way in which trade and investment is done along that Belt and Road.” — March 28