A visit by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to the China Export Import Fair in Shanghai on 5 November partially aimed to encourage the Chinese government to renew its approval of permits for Australian seafood companies seeking to export lobster.
Albanese’s visit was the latest step in the normalization of relations between the two countries, but this thawing has yet to deliver any major benefit to the seafood sector, despite the fact that the photo of Albanese’s visit carried in most Chinese media reports was of the prime minister holding up a rock lobster.
“From honey to beef, lobster to wine, Chinese consumers love Australian products. It’s wonderful to see so many familiar brands on display at the International Imports Expo in Shanghai,” Albanese said. “Our government is working to see more world-class Australian products on supermarket shelves and kitchen tables in China. I’ve met producers today who are so pleased with the progress we’ve made. My government will always back Australian producers, and we will do it in a considered and calm way.”
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Photo courtesy of Office of Prime Minister of Australia