Page 3357 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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National Library of China, and the October 2014 memorandum of friendship, exchange and economic cooperation with the City of Shenzhen. This agreement covers technology and innovation, enhancing bilateral cultural exchanges and promoting two-way investment and cooperation.

Increasingly, there is more Chinese investment being realised in Canberra with interest and projects delivered in the real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy, technology and agribusiness sectors, bringing opportunities for employment and innovation in the ACT. Future engagement and collaboration will be enhanced by the potential of improved access to Canberra.

The $480 million investment in Canberra Airport and surrounding infrastructure has provided Canberra with a world-class aviation facility. International connections direct to China, or indirect through major Asian hubs, would further enhance trade and investment opportunities with the ACT and nearby regional NSW.

The ANU Centre on China in the World, where the one belt, one road forum was held, is an initiative of the Rudd Labor government, the People’s Republic of China and the ANU. It is a wonderful facility and a crossroads for further study and understanding of our two nations’ future working together. The one belt, one road forum showed the gains that can be made from engagement with our neighbours. The ACT government is committed to delivering the gains from closer economic and cultural links with China.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.59 pm.

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