Can Abbott crack China's FTA challenge?

Australia can't have everything it wants in a China free trade agreement. After eight years of negotiations we’ve fallen behind, and it’s time for Tony Abbott to get moving.

Tony Abbott said before the election that he will make China the second stop after Jakarta on his first overseas visit as prime minister. While the sentiment to make an early visit to our biggest trading partner, source of foreign fee-paying students and tourist spending is laudable, he should do so only after visiting Tokyo. Japan is in a state of existential anxiety over its diminishing world role and especially its declining power relative to its bigger neighbour and former colony.


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