Premier Gladys Berejiklian will make her first official visit to China in December, following an invitation by the Governor of Guangdong to promote trade, business and cultural ties with NSW’s largest trading partner. During her three-day mission to China, Ms Berejiklian will attend the NSW-Guangdong Joint Economic Meeting (JEM) in Guangzhou to explore business and trade opportunities.
“China and NSW are true partners and friends – both economically and through deep cultural ties,” Ms Berejiklian said. “I look forward to further strengthening those links on this important trade mission.” China is NSW’s largest two-way trading partner, with NSW goods exports worth $7.2 billion in 2016-17. Education and tourism remain key sectors, with Chinese tourists spending $3 billion in NSW between July 2016 and June 2017.
Ms Berejiklian’s visit to China follows a visit to Sydney from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in March this year. The Premier will also spend one day in Manila strengthening NSW’s trade and cultural links with the Philippines. Ms Berejiklian will depart for her China mission on December 3 and will be in the Philippines on December 7.