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China: FTA not to take local jobs in Australia
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 09:39 | CRI
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The Chinese goverment is moving to try to dispel concerns in Australia about the new Free Trade Agreement.

Reports have been surfacing in Australian media outlets suggesting the new FTA will allow Chinese workers to replace Australian workers in major construction projects.

Shen Danyang with the Chinese Commerce Ministry says these reports are misinterpreting the language of the FTA.

"Some Australian media have misinterpreted the China-Australia FTA out of context, saying it allows for the replacement of local workers with Chinese workers in major construction projects. This simply does not conform to the facts, because Chinese engineering technicians have to meet a number of important preconditions before they could go to work in Australia."

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement was signed in June after more than 10 years of negotiations.

It covers a wide range of areas, including transport, telecommunication, tourism, the environment and infrastructure construction.

China is Australia's top trading partner.

The two-way flow of goods and services surpassed 160 billion U.S. dollars last year.

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