- An Australian lobster exporter says she believes that PM Albanese’s trip to China was a ‘good and positive sign’ for people like her.
- A tourism industry expert said it would take some time to woo Chinese tourists to Australia.
- Mr Albanese described the meeting with President Xi as ‘very positive’ and ‘constructive’.
Many see this as a sign that Australia-China relations are moving in a positive direction.
Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam visited Beijing’s Temple of Heaven in 1973 (L), and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited on November 6, 2023 (R). Credit: National Archives of Australia/AAP
Lobster exporter: ‘good and positive sign’
After trade in live lobster between Australia and China stalled in 2020, Australian lobster exports plummeted from $750 million in 2018/19 to $380 million in 2020/21.
We hope that the Australian PM’s visit to China will bring further positive developments not only in seafood (export), but also in wine, honey, beef and lamb.
Yuki Huang, Australian lobster exporter
Australian lobster exporter Yuki Huang (R) says she believes that PM Albanese’s trip to China is a ‘good and positive sign’ for Australia-China businesspeople like her. Credit: Yuki Huang
Ms Huang said the reintroduction of Australian live lobsters in the Chinese market was not only good news for Chinese consumers but also for lobster fishers in Australia.
“They’ve worked hard all their lives fishing, and they’re desperate to get their lobster or other seafood exports back to pre-outbreak levels,” she said.
But they also understand that it’s a process that takes time. And we have no idea when it’s going to happen.
The sanctions have now been reduced to $2 billion and the Chinese government is conducting a five-month review of the $1.2 billion ban on Australian wine exports.
Tourism: bring Australian tourists to China
“If we want to develop the mutual promotion of the tourism industry between the two countries, it must be bilateral, unilateral development is not sustainable,” he said.
We hope they will also discuss how to welcome Australian tourists to China and let them better understand the local cultures.
Yun Wen, a lecturer in Tourism and Service Marketing at Edith Cowan University
ABS data suggests that fewer Chinese tourists have visited Australia in 2023 than in 2019. Source: AAP
The limited number of direct flights and Australia’s shrinking local tourism service industry are both obstacles to reviving Australia’s tourism industry, according to Mr Wen.
“There were many travel agencies (in Perth) focusing on the Chinese market, but some of them have not yet resumed their clientele after the pandemic,” he said.
Relations are on the ‘the right path’
Mr Xi said Mr Albanese’s visit opened a new chapter in the 50-year history of Australia-China relations, which were on “the right path to improving and developing relations”.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese held talks with China’s President Xi Jinping. Source: AAP / Lukas Coch
At a press conference after the meeting, Mr Albanese described the conversation as “very positive” and “constructive”.
The meeting went for over an hour, which was longer than it was scheduled. And I think that reflects the very positive engagement that occurred.
“He has never said anything to me that hasn’t been done,” he said. “But we deal with each other on face value.”