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Australia, China sign landmark trade agreement

Deal to abolish tariffs in various sectors, penalties on goods

Mr Abbott (centre) witnessing the signing of the trade pact by Mr Gao (left) and Mr Robb in Canberra. The deal ended years of often difficult and protracted negotiations.


AUSTRALIA and China signed a landmark trade deal on Wednesday after a decade of talks, providing a boon for growth and jobs by abolishing tariffs across a raft of sectors. Trade Minister Andrew Robb and visiting Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng formally inked the document in