How international students could help boost Australia’s trade

Chinese international students studying in Australia are too often overlooked as a short-term commodity rather than as an investment for the future.

With the announcement of the recently concluded China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA) between Australia and China, followed by the Labor Party's Asian Century White Paper and the Liberal Party's New Colombo Plan, few could fault Canberra for not taking trade with China seriously.

Australia has set the structural framework to open and accelerate trade links, and established a platform to produce a new wave of China-literate and bilingual talent into the local workforce.


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