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Australia in the Asian Century Country Strategies

April 4, 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the start of public consultations on country strategies for Japan, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea as part of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.

The country strategies aim to contribute to strengthened relations with key regional partners by outlining a vision of those relationships in 2025.

Public submissions on the country strategies should be forwarded to http://www.dfat.gov.au/asiancentury by May 31, 2013.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will also consult directly with stakeholders including governments, business, institutions and community groups and will take into account submissions already received through the White Paper public consultation process in 2012.

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  1. Ralf Kluin permalink
    April 6, 2013 7:49 am

    Hi Bob,

    As we live, engage in our region, we are nevertheless engaged in a global region. For instance, we trade with China, Indonesia, Japan, India, South Korea etc and these great respected nations trade to the world. By definition, we trade with nations around the world. I believe that it is in this context, the ‘White Paper’ should also invite ideas and comment from European, Canadian, USA, South American respected Pacific-rim leading economies. Take European nations like Germany, France, UK and The Netherlands they are also great Asian Investors – manufacturers and so on. I fully accept that the Asian ‘Indian-Pacific-Rim’ region is specifically important to us, but we must surely include our immediate ‘family’ neighbour, New Zealand. We are reportedly rated the twelfth largest global trading economy. The Governments White Paper aims for a vision, a strategy ten years out into the future, but I know, ‘future thinking’ is a complex process based upon multiplying variables, seeking to assess risks and outcomes. For example, in two years time from now, we will be twelve years into the future, so how could our current Australian policy-makers respond to people movement as they are confronted with risky-impacts caused by caused by climate Change, increasing demographic population of people, the impact on habitat, the availability of potable water-food production-distribution and so on? Some Australian citizens cannot even cope with people movement today.
    Is the inquiry to narrow? I think it is.

    Ralf

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