Australia has been a major beneficiary of China’s economic growth and urbanisation and its continued growth and development is expected to provide further opportunities into the future. As the world’s second largest economy and a major producer of many resources, China plays a critical role in resources trade. While China is a major producer, it still imports large quantities of many resource commodities.

The 1987 Channar Mining Joint Venture, the first large scale mining initiative between Australia and China, marked an important milestone in Australia-China cooperation and trade. China is Australia’s largest export destination for iron ore, gold, copper, zinc and nickel and the third largest for thermal coal and metallurgical coal. It is also one of our largest export destinations for liquefied natural gas (LNG).

China-Australia trade and investment agreements

How is the department involved?

The department actively engages with China through:

  • Its Beijing-based resources counsellor who promotes resources trade and investment opportunities by engaging and building relationships with China and communicating relevant policies and initiatives on resources with our Chinese government counterparts and industry.
  • Participation in the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology (JCG) to progress a range of low-emissions coal projects from bench-scale research and development to industrial-scale carbon capture and storage
  • Participation in the Australia-China Bilateral Dialogue for Resources Cooperation to explore areas of mutual understanding and promote cooperation in the energy and resources sectors. The Last BDREC was held in China in March 2017.

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