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Yang Xiong Attends Australia Week in China

    On April 11, Mayor Yang Xiong of Shanghai attended the Australia Week in China together with Australian Prime Minister the Hon. Tony Abbot. On behalf of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, Yang congratulated on the successful convening of the event and warmly welcomed the visiting Prime Minister.

    Yang said that Shanghai has accelerated the development of an international economic, financial, trade and shipping center to deepen reform and opening up. Meanwhile, we are also making an all-out effort to develop the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, hoping to establishing basic institutions and regulations aligned with international norms and to provide more trade and investment facilitation. In this process, we welcome the participation of international businesses, including those from Australia, so as to share growth opportunities. The Mayor went on to say that Shanghai and Australia have long-lasting friendship and cited as an example the sister city relationship between Shanghai and Queensland. In the past quarter century, the twinned city and state have carried out in-depth and fruitful exchange in culture, science and technology, providing a solid basis for more extensive cooperation, common development and closer bilateral ties in the future.

    Abbot said that Australia is working towards a free trade agreement with China against the backdrop of the ever evolving China-Australia relationship. Australia will not only be open for more Chinese business investments, but also give greater convenience to Chinese tourists and students. As China’s economic powerhouse, Shanghai is expected to play a more critical role in the bilateral friendship.

    At their brief meeting before the event, Yang also thanked Australia for the strong support during Expo 2010 Shanghai China and said that the two sides, by building upon the sister city relationship, should strengthen their cooperation in economy and trade, finance, culture, education, as well as science and technology.