Australia in the Asian Century

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today launched the Australia in the Asian Century Country Strategies for China and Japan.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would like to thank all of you who contributed to the development of the strategies.

Consultations were held across Australia throughout April and May with business, academia, local government, youth groups, and community organisations participating in roundtables and ‘town-hall’-style public forums in each State and Territory capital.  We received over 250 submissions, over 200 of which related to China or Japan.

Download the strategies and view the submissions at:  http://www.dfat.gov.au/issues/asian-century/.

Comment on the strategies via Twitter using the hashtag #AsianCentury, and tagging @DFAT.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner with a two-way flow of goods and services worth over $125 billion in 2012, and an increasingly important source of investment.  The China Country Strategy identifies opportunities for further development of our knowledge and cultural partnership with China, the opening up of markets, and enabling our governments to interact more regularly and effectively.

Australia’s relationship with Japan is our most advanced in the region, and a model for Australia’s wider engagement with Asia.  The Japan strategy emphasises that it has never been easier for Australians to develop a closer relationship with Japan due to readily accessible and comprehensive networks across community, business and government.

In all, five country strategies have now been released, covering China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

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