The true potential of China-Australia ties

Concluding the free-trade agreement between China and Australia this year is a worthy goal, but Tony Abbott should set his sights even higher by adopting a big, forward-looking agenda.

Next month, Tony Abbott will put his personal stamp on the Australia-China relationship when he leads an unprecedented delegation of state premiers and senior business leaders to China.

As previous prime ministers -- Hawke, Keating, and Howard --  who managed the relationship well have shown, its importance and complexity is such that it requires Abbott's personal attention.

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