The long march to the China FTA

Andrew Robb reveals how the deal was sealed after a gruelling 14-month long trade poker game.

When Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb was about to walk into a meeting at Deakin University to talk about the Competitiveness Agenda last Thursday, he got a long-awaited phone call from Jan Adams, Australia’s lead negotiator for a China free trade agreement.

Adams told Robb that the Chinese commerce minister was happy with Australia’s proposition and that both countries could finally conclude their decade-long trade negotiation marathon. “I was in a pretty good mood,” Robb told the Business Spectator.

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