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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Australia, China target free trade agreement

China Daily:

"Australia and China are moving quickly toward a free trade agreement, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Thursday, with a preliminary study likely to be completed ahead of schedule.

``There are very real prospects for Australia and China here,'' Downer said. ``There is mutual benefit in exploring that relationship, and we ought to do it a little faster than we are doing now.'' "

Yes hurry up Australia jump on the gravytrain! You don't want to miss out. Don't concern yourself with any small details like human rights. Speed up the process. Ethical due diligence? Hey we got an economy to run, elections around the corner you know!

We Australians once prided ourselves on our fairness, on our support of the underdog.

What has changed so much in so short of a period?

I am not saying do not trade but can't we ask for some minor concessions from the Chinese?

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