The Australia China Business Council has signed an agreement focused on extending its relationship in WA's north west.
It has entered into a co-operation agreement with six major stakeholder groups from the region.
The ACBC signed an MoU with the Pilbara Development Commission, Regional Development Australia Pilbara, the Karratha District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Town of Port Hedland, and the Pilbara Regional Council.
ACBC WA branch head Adam Handley said the council and Pilbara groups both saw the importance of building the relationship between China and the Pilbara to grow social and economic development and investment in the region.
“The ties between China and the Pilbara are strong already. This agreement, however, will ensure that the cooperation and collaboration required for both sides to see maximum benefit from the relationship takes place,” he said.
This recent signing flies in the face of Clive Palmer's comments, in which he accused China of 'raping' of Australia resources.