Certified Legendary Thread China History in the Making

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Am very glad to hear of Tony Zhang’s appointment as the Club’s ‘feet on the ground’ in China, especially Shanghai.

(NB PAFC Media: his name is not ZHANG as far as Club messaging goes, that’s impolite. It is Tony, or Tony Zhang, or Mr. Zhang. Do unto others as you ask them to do unto you.)

I expect Tony’s HQ will be in the new AFL premises in Australia House, Shanghai.

This now makes PAFC look like pros when it comes to China. Excellent development leading up to 2020.

It’s all about guanxi - connections - and from his background and qualifications my guess is that Tony has quite a few of his own in different places and at different levels in China.

So glad to see this happening so soon after we position a specialist like Andrew Day on the PAFC Board.

Now to generate some real commercial revenue out of the China adventure.

I’ll keep my comments as is for now. My own connection/s with the Club seem to be re-establishing themselves - up to a certain level in the hierarchy (but don’t tell anyone ... especially about the meeting I’m scheduled to enjoy in Pro Drinkers Corner tomorrow evening; it’s all about bridges, rebuilding thereof).
 

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This sort of thing is so far outside my wheelhouse its not funny, but I am very glad its starting to look like some common sense decisions are being made.

Interesting that the article barely mentioned KT and Koch wasn't mentioned at all...perhaps we should funnel more news through this Independent source.
 

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This sort of thing is so far outside my wheelhouse its not funny, but I am very glad its starting to look like some common sense decisions are being made.

Interesting that the article barely mentioned KT and Koch wasn't mentioned at all...perhaps we should funnel more news through this Independent source.
Concur. So long as we don’t lose sight of Tom Richardson’s strong personal Crow bias. Such a bias can on occasions be engineered to our advantage.
 

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This sort of thing is so far outside my wheelhouse its not funny, but I am very glad its starting to look like some common sense decisions are being made.

Interesting that the article barely mentioned KT and Koch wasn't mentioned at all...perhaps we should funnel more news through this Independent source.
Andrew Hunter gave Tom Richardson an exclusive before he went to Shanghai for the China International Import Expo. Richardson was Ch 9's chief political reporter for 15 years or so, before he finished up a couple of years ago, so he would have had a relationship with Andrew when he was working as Jay Weatherill's speech writer.

So Andrew gives Tom an exclusive and Tom then gets a bit of credit and acknowledgement for writing an in depth article about our China strategy that goes past the standard footy story. Has a bit of meat to it re international trade and international politics. Indaily then knows it will get good coverage outside its normal readership.

So its an article about what Andrew is doing / has done not what KT or Koch have done. Its a symbiotic relationship between Andrew and Tom where both benefit.
 

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Koch pumping up Tony Zhang's appointment.



And Andrew Hunter and Trade Minister Birmingham at the opening of the New Australia House building in Shanghai where Oz Chamber of Commerce, the Oz consulate, AFL and I suspect Tony Zhang will be housed. I posted The Australian's Deal magazine article about Aussies moving to Shanghai and Australia House and the Oz-Chinese Melbourne-born architect Alexandra Chu who designed the building, three pages back at




 

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Am very glad to hear of Tony Zhang’s appointment as the Club’s ‘feet on the ground’ in China, especially Shanghai.

(NB PAFC Media: his name is not ZHANG as far as Club messaging goes, that’s impolite. It is Tony, or Tony Zhang, or Mr. Zhang. Do unto others as you ask them to do unto you.)

I expect Tony’s HQ will be in the new AFL premises in Australia House, Shanghai.

This now makes PAFC look like pros when it comes to China. Excellent development leading up to 2020.

It’s all about guanxi - connections - and from his background and qualifications my guess is that Tony has quite a few of his own in different places and at different levels in China.

So glad to see this happening so soon after we position a specialist like Andrew Day on the PAFC Board.

Now to generate some real commercial revenue out of the China adventure.

I’ll keep my comments as is for now. My own connection/s with the Club seem to be re-establishing themselves - up to a certain level in the hierarchy (but don’t tell anyone ... especially about the meeting I’m scheduled to enjoy in Pro Drinkers Corner tomorrow evening; it’s all about bridges, rebuilding thereof).
Awesome LR, that is great news!
 

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Not much new in that article, but still good to keep the flag flying in a national paper
The other thing is that Mike Smith of the AFR has only been their China correspondent for about 18 months and unlike The Australian's China correspondents Glenda Korporaal and Rowan Callick who are/were based in Beijing, Smith is based in Shanghai, so speaking to him regularly when we do something major in China, and Andrew Hunter doing a one on one, just makes good sense.

The message might be repeated and nothing new to us, but its good PR in the nation's most influential business newspaper. And after all the China Strategy is more a business than footy.
 
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I still think that two double-headers would be the way to go. Footy would open and close the Festival of Australia.

Ever year, Port, Saints, Gold Coast, and an invitee would play in China.

Saints hosts Power.
The invitee hosts Saints.
Gold Coast hosts both Power and the invitee.

Teams play on Thursday/Friday; travel to China; play on Sunday; play on Saturday; travel back to Australia; have a bye.
 

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Didn't we have some sort of relationship with this company in the early days of the China strategy? I don't see their name on the China partners list now...


Chinese company's $1.5b bid for Bellamy's given green light by Frydenberg


The $1.5 billion sale of Tasmania-based infant formula company Bellamy's Organic to China Mengniu Dairy Company is now a near certainty, after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg gave conditional approval to the deal.

In a statement released on Friday, Mr Frydenberg said the Foreign Investment Review Board's (FIRB) "unanimous" recommendation for the deal to be approved came after extensive consultations on a wide range of matters.
Mr Frydenberg has imposed a range of conditions on the deal, which he said were to ensure that the acquisition was "not contrary to the national interest."

The conditions include that Bellamy's keep its headquarters in Australia for at least 10 years, that the majority of its board be Australian resident citizens, and that at least $12 million be invested in improving, or establishing, infant milk formula processing facilitates in Victoria.

 

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