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Tasmania's lavender bear smells potential of gigantic Chinese market

Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 05:50
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'SO CUTE!': President Xi and his wife being presented with Bobbie in Hobart last November, a creation of Tasmanian lavender farm owner Robert Ravens.
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'SO CUTE!': President Xi and his wife being presented with Bobbie in Hobart last November, a creation of Tasmanian lavender farm owner Robert Ravens (above).

Nabowla, Australia

WHEN Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped onto the airport tarmac in Australia's smallest state of Tasmania last November, he was presented with a purple-coloured fluffy toy called Bobbie.

The welcome gift he received - stuffed with lavender and wheat - was not

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