The Premier launched the NSW Government's China Strategy before departing for China. Under the new Strategy, the government will focus its efforts on the relationship with China across trade, investment, education and tourism.
Mr Baird visited the cities of Guangzou, Shanghai and Beijing during his visit. China is NSW’s largest international tourism and education market, welcoming over 400,000 Chinese visitors and thousands of Chinese students to the State each year.
In Shanghai, the Premier confirmed a Chinese tourism delegation will visit the Vivid Sydney Festival in 2015, as part of the Government’s plan to double the value of Chinese tourism in NSW by 2020. Mr Baird also briefed a financial services roundtable meeting, with the aim of promoting Sydney as a trading hub for the Chinese currency, the Renminbi.
The Premier also attended the signing of an historic agreement in Guangzhou between TAFE NSW and Chinese Universities. The agreement will allow Australian students with a TAFE NSW diploma to get one year’s credit toward any 3 or 4 year bachelor’s degree course at Jinan University, in Guangzhou. The Premier said he was eager to “make sure NSW students are China ready”.
The official visit marks the 35th anniversary of the NSW-Guangdong Sister-State relationship.