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The Confucius Institute supports research projects that contribute to the academic and business communities by promoting China-Australia relations and further strengthening the understanding of Chinese culture in South Australia.

South Australia – Shandong Relationship over the Past 30 Years (1986 – 2015)
Amy Sheridan

On April 3rd, 1986, the Friendly Agreement between Shandong and South Australia was signed in Jinan, the capital of Shandong. This occasion marked the beginning of a multifaceted partnership in areas of government, business, education, arts and culture, science and technology, agriculture and tourism. At the signing of the Agreement, the then Premier John Bannon expressed a hope that the relationship would be ‘one of substance, not simply words’. Looking back at the thirty years since that day, it is evident that Shandong and South Australia have succeeded in building a strong partnership. This report is written in preparation for the thirtieth anniversary of the relationship in 2016 and endeavors to tell the story of the relationship in the main areas of government and business, education, and arts and culture.

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University of Adelaide Arts Intern Report 2014
History of the Chinese in South Australia: Their Impact on South Australia and China

Caressa Lee

The broad purpose of the report is to present a history of the Chinese in South Australia, and the political and social contributions they made along their journey.

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University of Adelaide Arts Intern Report 2013
Sino-Australian Business Disputes: Best Practice Dispute Resolution for South Australian Companies Engaged with Chinese Companies
Bethany Nolan

The report found that best practice dispute resolution for Sino-Australian business disputes is first negotiation, then mediation and finally arbitration or litigation if necessary. Responses to the survey indicate that SA companies generally agree with this order.

The report found that while South Australian companies do understand the benefits of negotiations, they may fail to appreciate the potential use of other dispute resolution options. In some circumstances, companies should be prepared to advance to more formal processes. This report provides preliminary advice to SA companies on the use of negotiation, mediation, litigation and arbitration.

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Business engagement with China: a strategy for South Australia's future?
Confucius Institute and the Australia China Business Council (SA)

‘China is South Australia’s largest trading partner with export and import of over $2 Billion in goods in 2009. To ensure continued growth, industry and government must take a strategic approach to increasing the value-add of South Australian exports to China.’

This is a Joint Research Report commissioned in 2010 by the Confucius Institute in association with the Australia China Business Council (SA). The White Paper summarises the level of engagement of South Australian businesses with China and provides conclusions for the future.

The White Paper was launched by the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis, the then South Australian Minister for Industry & Trade, for Small Business and for Mineral Resources Development.

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