Hard words won't shatter China-Australia relations

The Abbott government's forthright approach to diplomatic relations with Beijing may have ruffled some feathers, but it won't preclude a strong economic relationship between the two nations.

Commentators writing about Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s trip to three of our largest regional trading partners -- China, Japan and South Korea -- have almost all emphasised that it will be a difficult and delicate trip for the relatively new Australian leader when it comes to his visit to China and desire to advance free trade agreement negotiations.

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