Australia-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry
of New South Wales




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The task of establishing a criteria for evaluating Chinese and Australian cities, and also for setting the priorities for commercial activity, needs now to be confronted in a systematic way.

It should be possible to evaluate each city in terms of at least four criteria:

Trade – between the Chinese city and Australia, and similarly between the Australian city and China. The major geographical locations and product/service categories should also be identifiable.

Investment – as above especially outward investment from cities, inward investment sources may be more difficult to analyse.

Industry – plans by municipalities and major locally based companies can be obtained to identify both immediate opportunities and growth complementarities with cities in the other country.

Commerce – business relationships at the institutional levels are usually confidential, but there are all sorts of public and private Australia China linkages that are on record through government, associations, universities and the media sources.

A pattern of economic relationship between Australia and China can be built up in this way suitable for evaluation purposes and deciding priorities among cities.

Assisting this process will be the future Australia Education and Business Training Centres in China and the annual Workshops in Australia on Urban Services, Rural Industries, Infrastructure and Commercial Culture.

In this respect the following priorities are suggested:

Urban Services

urban design, real estate and property

international trade services

finance, insurance and business services

communications, transport and local storage

wholesale and retail

entertainment and recreational activities

government services such as public administration, health and social welfare

general manufacturing

Rural Industries

township and village enterprises


aquaculture, including fisheries and processing

livestock and animal husbandry

forestry and timber industries

mining and energy production


urban and rural water supply and reticulation

wastewater treatment

solid waste disposal

pollution control

gas supply, especially transmission and distribution

electricity supply, including generation, transmission and distribution

telecommunications in its totality

air transport systems

sea transport systems

land transport systems (rail and road)

Commercial Culture

visual arts

performing arts

professional sports

recreational sports

venue design

logistical support

associated industries




The task of analysing each of the 200 Chinese cities and 100 Australian cities according to these criteria will not be easy or achieved quickly. Nevertheless a ‘grid’ developed from the current relationship between Chinese cities and Australia, and Australian cities and China, based on these priorities will provide an economic snapshot, or foundation for identifying concrete future opportunities for member companies and therefore accelerate commercial linkages between Australian and Chinese non-government bodies.

The Chamber Key City Strategy is never static. It has evolved with knowledge and experience according to changing circumstances over the last decade. It will do the same over the next decade. However the growing sophistication of the Australia China relationship is now making possible aspects of the Strategy that proved too difficult to accomplish in previous years.

The City Index concept is one more step forward.


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