The Chinese elephant in Australia’s trade office

While Tony Abbott is busy spruiking Australian resources and infrastructure, Xi Jinping's science and innovation push underscores the need for a serious rethink in our trade relationship.

In a week in which our Prime Minister has been spruiking the resources sector and the promise of great returns for investment in Australian infrastructure, Chinese President Xi Jinping was urging his country to sharpen its focus on science and technology, and to drive indigenous innovation.

This week President Xi delivered a comprehensive speech detailing China’s priority focus on “core technologies” as a fundamental prerequisite for the nation’s future prosperity and security.

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