Chinese investment essential

26 September 2012

The 2012 Sydney China Business Forum, a high-profile business forum presented by the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, was held at Parliament House, Sydney, on 25 September.

More than 150 Australian and Chinese government and business leaders gathered together to discuss changes and emerging opportunities. The theme of this year was Australia - China Partnerships in energy infrastructure.  Keynote speakers included Martin Ferguson, Minister for Resources and Energy Minister for Tourism, Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Mr Qu Yingpu, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, China Daily newspaper, Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier of NSW, NSW minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Regional infrastructure and Services.

The forum received widespread media coverage in both the Australian and Chinese media. ABC TV national news and ABC News 24 reported that the conference brought together leading thinkers to discuss the future of Chinese investment in Australia and aired an interview with Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence in which he emphasised the importance of Australia deepening its strong relationship with China, with foreign investment a necessary component.

ABC TV's Lateline program also interviewed several speakers from the conference including China Daily Deputy Editor Qu Yingpu, federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and federal Opposition Communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull. Click here

The Australian also reported on Malcolm Turnbull's call for the Chinese to be more transparent over Australian investment. Click here.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Malcolm Turnbull defended the federal Coalition's stance on foreign investment at the forum after Resources Minister Martin Ferguson warned of the risk of infrastructure investment shortfalls and mixed messages from Australia. Click here to read more.

Xinhua news agency and China Daily reported that the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell welcomed Chinese investment as well as his views about the Huawei NBN rejection. Click here, here and here to read further.

Other news reports on the forum included ABC Radio National's PM and Breakfast programs, Sky News, the Herald Sun, Voice of America, the Business Spectator, the International Business Times and the Global Times.