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Smith travels to major hub: No diplomats to be found


Fergus Hanson


27 March 2009 10:15

While Prime Minister Rudd has been talking GFC and Afghanistan in America, the Foreign Minister has been visiting our largest trading partner, China. He spent most of this trip in the west of the country, including Chongqing. That's interesting because this important economic area is uninhabited by Australian diplomats.

As the recently released Blue Ribbon Panel Report on Australia's overseas network found, if we want to be a serious player — proportionate to our global weight — then we need a much larger diplomatic presence overseas, particularly in the world's emerging centres. As the report recommends, Chongqing— southwest China's biggest industrial and commercial centre — would be a good place to start.