[Linux-aus] Linux Australia and China

Pia Smith pia at linux.org.au
Thu Dec 23 06:56:01 UTC 2004

For interests sake, I have already spoken to AusTrade about how they
and/or DFAT could be involved. I don't personally believe that LA or
OSIA should manage this is we could make it a government initiative :)
Hopefully I'll have some firm answers in the new year.

Have a great break everyone!


On Wed, 2004-12-22 at 22:11 +1100, Craig Warner wrote:
> After the recent discussions about Linux Australia meeting with 
> representatives of the Chinese Government, it would be best to look into 
> what AUSTRADE is upto with Open Source [1]. After a search on the 
> AUSTRADE site produced a few interesting pages, such as one titled 
> "Information and Communications Technology to China" [2] , at the top of 
> the page was the following:
> The rapid development of China’s ICT industry *provides many 
> opportunities for supply and cooperation*. The key areas include:
>     * *Linux*
> Further searching produced another page [3] on *China IP Seminars back 
> in 2003*, sadly a bit too late for Linux Australia but useful 
> information about what AUSTRADE is doing with ICT in China.
> Also as a suggestion, I put forward a recommendation that Linux 
> Australia puts in a public submission to the China FTA Feasibility Study 
> Taskforce [4]. After the behaviour of the Government on the AUSFTA, it 
> is doing the same with this by Australia-China FTA feasibility study as 
> this is being 'fast-tracked' and completed by the end of March 2005. Not 
> much time eh!
> E-mail: chinafta at dfat.gov.au <mailto:chinafta at dfat.gov.au>
> Fax: (+61 2) 6112 2468
> Post: China FTA Study Taskforce
> Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
> R. G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
> Another interesting note on the side line, is that both Singapore and 
> Chile (who also have FTA's with the USA), are also pushing ahead with 
> FTA's with China. Remember both Singapore and Chile both have those 
> funny little 'Chapter 17' as Australia does. Sneaky!
> Merry Christmas all
> Craig
> [1] http://www.austrade.gov.au/
> [2] 
> http://www.austrade.gov.au/australia/layout/0,,0_S2-1_-2_-3_PWB182913-4_-5_-6_-7_,00.html
> [3] 
> http://www.austrade.gov.au/australia/layout/0,,0_S2-1_CLNTXID0051-2_-3_PWB11565686-4_7oqd6z4-5_-6_0-7_,00.html
> [4] http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/china/fta/update_041215.html
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Pia Smith
President of Linux Australia

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