The Honourable Mr Peter Malinauskas MP, Premier of South Australia, is visiting China from 14 to 21 September 2023.
Mr Malinauskas will lead a business delegation that will include representatives from the South Australian university, education, wine, agriculture, aquaculture, tourism, and trade sectors.
The delegation will visit Beijing, Shanghai, and Jinan for a series of high-level engagements with business leaders and Government officials.
AustCham China is hosting Mr Malinauskas for a networking breakfast in Beijing, offering a rare opportunity to meet South Australian industry representatives and hear from the Premier on the outlook of the state's relationship with China.
The breakfast will be attended by His Excellency Mr Graham Fletcher, Australia's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
South Australia plays a significant role in the Australian economy, demonstrated by its recent export figures, which experienced a remarkable 27 percent increase in the 12 months leading up to May 2023. This export surge has been predominantly driven by China's demand for South Australian products and resources, underscoring the key relationship between the Chinese market and South Australia.
China stands as South Australia's primary export destination for iron ore and concentrates, food, and agriculture. South Australia's high-quality produce has been instrumental to the state's export upswing, with the almond export market alone growing by an impressive 150 percent since 2020.
With its famous Flinders Ranges and esteemed tertiary institutions, South Australia also attracts Chinese tourists and students, providing them with an opportunity to encounter the state's exceptional natural landscapes and world-class education offerings.
Renowned for its robust wine industry, abundant mineral resources, and cutting-edge renewable energy projects, South Australia has garnered international attention, solidifying its global importance in trade, sustainability, and resource management.
Born in 1980 to parents of Irish, Hungarian, and Lithuanian descent, Peter Malinauskas grew up in Greater Adelaide, and displayed qualities of leadership and hard work throughout his schooling years. He studied Commerce at the University of Adelaide and served as the State Secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association before entering the Legislative Council.
At the Labor Party's National Conference in 2015, Mr Malinauskas was elected to the party's National Executive. Between 2016 and 2018, he served in the Cabinet of South Australia. In the 2018 state election, he was elected as the Member for Croydon.
Mr Malinauskas has been serving as the 47th Premier of South Australia since March 2022.