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What is China’s One Belt One Road initiative and why is it important for Australia?

At the end of 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping announced one of China’s most ambitious foreign policy and economic initiatives, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road. It consists of:

  • The land-based “Belt” – the historic overland Silk Road trading routes that connected China, via Central Asia, to Europe and the Middle East
  • The oceangoing “Road” – the maritime equivalents to the south, linking China, Southeast Asia, India, Africa and potentially Australia after Chinese President Xi Jinping called in April last year for the alignment of One Belt, One Road with Australia’s northern development plan.

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SME Radio: Aus-China Business Channel with Stacey Martin

As a medium for accessing niche information and stories, podcasts have seen an explosion over the last few years. You can listen, learn and be entertained whilst driving, going for a walk or taking time out to relax.

SME Radio is producing shows “by SMEs for SMEs” designed to help small business owners reach their potential. Topics including sales and growth strategies, human resources, business succession and doing business with China which I’m delighted to be hosting. Continue reading SME Radio: Aus-China Business Channel with Stacey Martin

What China’s Rebalancing Means for the future of Australia’s finance sector

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The Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and ShineWing Australia recently released the industry leading 2016 Australia China Trade Report – The Long Boom: What China’s Rebalancing Means for Australia’s Future.

The report, produced in conjunction with Monash Business School and the Australian Centre for Financial Services, serves to highlight some of the opportunities that may flow to Australia as a result of “China’s Rebalancing” from an infrastructure investment-led, to a consumer demand-driven economy. Continue reading What China’s Rebalancing Means for the future of Australia’s finance sector

Alibaba has just opened an office in Australia – good news for SMEs

alipay_scanThe Australia Week in China (AWIC) delegates that visited Alibaba’s head office in Hangzhou in April 2016 saw the announcement of an office being set up in Australia.  Global President Michael Evans and the local team including James Hudson, previous NSW CEO for Australia China Business Council, have just completed a roadshow.

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Exporting Australia’s world class financial services

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Attending Australia Week in China in April 2016 and hearing from local sovereign wealth and other managers during the financial services dialogue in Shanghai, the financial capital of China, it became clear to me that Australia, with strong financial services capabilities and regulatory frameworks, has a lot to offer China in supporting the substantial growth in the Wealth Management sector.

Evolution of Australia’s financial services sector

Mark Johnson, AO Chairman of the Australian Financial Centre Task Force, and Australian representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council, shared his experience of reform and development of the Australian financial services market from being restricted and regulated in the 1970’s, to today’s open and competitive market. Continue reading Exporting Australia’s world class financial services