Colin Barnett used a WA investment seminar in Beijing to ramp up his pro-China rhetoric to its strongest level yet, saying it was a time for Australians to think big and realise the Asian powerhouse was the key to the nation’s development over the next 50 to 100 years.
Xiong Weiping, the chairman of China’s biggest miner, which he stressed remained Rio’s biggest single shareholder, said Australia was "an ideal investment location".
(All of this needs to be viewed bearing in mind that Western Australia is extremely jealous and niggled at the rest of Australia. It provides most of the exports, contains a lot of the wealth, is bigger than everyone else and, yet, is treated like a poor relation. A lot of its political moves are made with a view to getting up the nose of the national government. Indeed, secession from the rest of Australia has been mooted by the outer fringes. Perth is the most isolated city on earth and feels the tyranny of distance more than most.)
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