In the afternoon of September 28, Mr. Jiang Yikang, Secretary CPC Shandong Committee and Director- General of the Standing Committee of Shandong Provincial People’s Congress met with Ms. Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China. Mr. Wang Min, member of the Standing Committee of CPC Shandong Committee and Secretary-General of CPC Shandong Committee attended this meeting.

Mr. Jiang Yikang extended his welcome to Ambassador Adamson and briefed on Shandong economic and social development. He pointed out that Shandong attaches great importance to the cooperation with Australia. Companies from both sides have had their investment in Australia and Shandong. Shandong is also celebrating the 25 th anniversary of the establishment of sister state relationship with the state of South Australia. He said that there are great potentiality for Shandong and Australia to conduct cooperation in both traditional areas including mining and manufacturing and new industries such as renewable energy and service industry. He hoped that both sides could bring to use their own advantages and realize a substantial and successful cooperation.

Ambassador Frances highly praised the relationship between Shandong and Australia, especially the Shandong – South Australia friendly cooperation. As Australia Ambassador to China, she would like to promote the cooperation between both sides in areas such as economy and trade, energy, education , tourism and etc to realize a win-win cooperation.

Ms Adamson says Australian misconceptions about China revolve around a lack of understanding of the potential for China’s second and third tier cities, as they continue to gravitate towards Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
“But I think there is another China out there in the second and third tier cities and we always encourage our visitors, no matter who they are, we encourage them to go further afield and to develop a greater understanding of contemporary China in some of the smaller cities.” Ms Adamson says that as the rest of the world continues to experience economic difficulties and the global economic crisis hangover in Europe and the US, it “reminds us that our economic relationship is a vibrant one and we need to do everything to nurture and extend it. And capitalise on the benefits of it.”