Our China Strategy team provides a centralised approach to maximise South Australia’s engagement with China, translating opportunities into the creation of local jobs, investment and economic outcomes.

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The China Strategy team:

  • maintains government-to-government relationships with the Chinese Consulate-General's Office in Adelaide, the Chinese Embassy in Canberra and Chinese government agencies to support high level visits to and from China
  • provides specialist advice to the Premier and Cabinet, ensuring the state government has a coordinated and strategic approach in its dealings with China
  • provides a central point of contact within the state government for strategic Chinese businesses and investors to realise job and investment growth.

Focused sectors for development

The following key sectors across government have been identified to further our economic interests with China:

  • Education and Training
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture, Food and Wine
  • Health, Aged and Disability Care
  • Resources and Energy
  • Water and Waste Management

Find out more from the Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment website.

Special Projects

Across-government collaboration highlights include:

  • Koala gifting project to Hong Kong Ocean Park in 2015
  • establishment of the Chinese Consulate-General’s Office in Adelaide in 2016
  • establishment of the first Chinese Bilingual school in South Australia - Plympton International College in 2016.

South Australia’s relationship with China

China is South Australia’s largest trading partner and our top export market for agriculture, wine and international education.

South Australia’s relationship with China is one of our most comprehensive international relationships and is underpinned by our 32-year Sister-State relationship with Shandong Province, one of China’s three largest provinces in terms of population and economy.

South Australia has utilised Shandong as a window to economic opportunities and markets across China, and in turn South Australia serves as a gateway to Australia for Shandong. Beyond economic relations, South Australia’s people-to-people connections with China are strong, extending to arts, culture and sporting exchanges.

Although South Australia has a focussed relationship with Shandong, the state is developing other valuable relationships in the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai and surrounds) and the Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong and Guangzhou) areas. To expand South Australia’s business connections with China, the government is also establishing a stand-alone South Australian Government Trade Office in Shanghai.

South Australian Representation in China

The South Australian Government has several commercial representations in China, providing expert assistance to South Australian businesses and support to attract business investment and migration to the state. Our representation includes:

  • South Australia’s representative office in Jinan, Shandong Province, and another in Qingdao, a sister-city with Adelaide.
  • Trade and investment officers embedded within the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) network; in Shanghai for the Yangtze River Delta region and Hong Kong for the Greater Bay Area (11 cities, including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Macao).
  • South Australian Tourism Commission officers co-located within Tourism Australia’s office in Shanghai; another within Tourism Australia in Guangzhou.


The China Strategy Team
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Email: DPCInternationalEngagement@sa.gov.au