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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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

People to Have a Say On Aussie China Trade

ABC News Online:

China Australian Trade"Australians are being asked to comment on the idea of a free trade agreement (FTA) with China.

A trade and economic framework signed by Beijing and Canberra last October calls for a feasibility study of an FTA.

A task force created by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has called for public submissions and comment on a free trade treaty with China.

The task force says it will consult business, interested organisations, the public and state and territory governments.

The study is to be completed by October next year."

So reports the Australian Broadcasting Commission. At last this is the type of dialogue needed, to allow individuals and NGO's some input into whom and how we trade with China.

I maintain that trade with China benefits everyone if it is done responsibly and that human rights concerns are taken into consideration.

That we use the economic bargaining table not to just count money but to help elicit change.