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City of Salisbury, in South Australia, formally recognised their growing ties this week, signing a Friendship Agreement to further develop trade and investment opportunities between China and Australia.

The ceremony, which took place at Salisbury Council Chambers on Monday night, was attended by Linyi Mayor Zhang Shuping, Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge, a Linyi delegation and South Australian politicians.

Located north of Adelaide, Salisbury is home to world leading research facilities and innovators in defense, logistics and advanced manufacturing.

The region is also considered the food hub of South Australia, delivering clean and green produce and premium food products

Mayor Aldridge said the Agreement was a “major milestone” for the City of Salisbury.

“Linyi is home to more than 10 million people with a GDP growing at 11.8 per cent, in 2012 their total foreign trade value increased by 15.5 per cent.

“I truly believe Salisbury-based businesses will see more opportunities for investment, export and trade as we continue to build our ties with China,” she said.

Earlier this year Governor Guo Shuqing welcomed South Australia's largest trade delegation to Shandong further strengthening the sister-city relationship.

A Memorandum of Understanding with the Shandong Province was signed, resulting in a working group of key South Australian and Shandong government departments responsible for developing industry sectors such as minerals and energy, clean-technology, agribusiness, wine, culture and education.

“I believe this Agreement, along with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in May, will provide an excellent mechanism for further developing our economic and social relations with China, and in particular Linyi,” said Mayor Aldridge.

山东省与南澳州两市签署友好协议:推进友好关系和经贸往来

山东临沂市与南澳索尔兹伯里市(City of Salisbury)本周在南澳签署友好协议,正式肯定不断增强的双边关系,以进一步发展中澳贸易、投资机遇。

11月9日晚,签署仪式在索尔兹伯里市会议厅举行。临沂市长张术平、索尔兹伯里市长吉利安·奥尔德里奇以及临沂代表团和南澳政府官员等出席仪式。

索尔兹伯里市位于阿德莱德北部,是世界一流研究设备、国防创新、物流和先进制造业的所在地。此地区亦被视为南澳州食品中心,出产纯净绿色的农产品和优质食品。

奥尔德里奇市长表示,友好协议是索尔兹伯里市的一座“重要里程碑”。

她说:“临沂有一千多万人口,2012年生产总值同比增长11.8%,对外贸易额增长15.5%。我相信,只要我们继续与中国建立关系,以索尔兹伯里为基础的企业将会在投资、出口、和贸易等方面获得更多机遇。”

今年五月,南澳洲最大贸易代表团访问山东,受到山东省省长郭树清热情欢迎。此行加深了两座姐妹城的友好关系。双方签订谅解备忘录,形成由山东和南澳核心政府部门组成的工作小组,负责矿产、能源、清洁能源、农贸、葡萄酒、文化及教育产业等多个产业的发展。

奥尔德里奇市长说:“我相信友好协议和谅解备忘录将为我们发展经济以及与中国尤其是临沂的关系提供绝佳机制。”

友好协议签订后,索尔兹伯里市的首要计划是统计本地对国际贸易与投资有兴趣或积极参与其中的企业,以便确认更多发展机会。

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