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Australia Trade Blows with China
Tony Eleninovski, an independent journalist and author of Diary of a Mad Chaos, is new to Webdiary; this is his debut piece and we thank him for it.
Update: At Tony's request we have deleted the phone interview transcripts. We are happy to advise, however, that he has supplied us with audiofiles of the interviews which has allowed us to verify his quotations.
"It was like pulling teeth," a Coalition spokesperson who attended said of the tentative talks. "Our view was getting the best possible and most open access to Chinese markets for Australian exporters. We were certainly disappointed with what was put on the table."
In the 10 rounds over three years of negotiations the Coalition held with
"We are pleased," a spokesperson for Simon Crean Minister for Trade clarified. "The Minister has said that's a good agreement for those two countries. But
The Minister was unable to respond on whether markets or investments accounted for in the feasibility study still exist in Tibetan autonomous areas today.
Rudd's challenge as new custodians of the FTA negotiations will be to breathe life back into a process that has stagnated over the years. But unlike Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to
"It's absolutely clear that there are human rights abuses in
In his bid to engage the world, he has also weighed into American politics by endorsing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, bid for a temporary seat on the UN council in 2013-14, and reignited the Republican debate. His comments on
Rudd will have to navigate through tense diplomatic issues like human rights abuses, calls for boycotts of the Olympic Games, as well as security measures for the Australian torch relay before he can exercise his political will on economics.
If mishandled, his failure to capitalize on the policies of his predecessors to secure a positive outcome in
Simon Crean is scheduled to visit China on the 16th April pending discussions on the FTA Kevin Rudd is likely to explore.