New International Partnership with China

Group Shot Linyi, ShandongThe City of Salisbury and City of Linyi last week signed a Friendship City Agreement, which formalised the growing ties between the two cities and represents a significant commitment to future development and partnership opportunities.

The signing was conducted by Mayor Gillian Aldridge and Linyi Mayor Zhang Shuping during a ceremony at the Salisbury Council Chambers attended by city officials, State politicians and a high ranking delegation from Linyi.
Mayor Aldridge described the night’s signing as a “major milestone” for the City of Salisbury. “I believe this Agreement, along with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the South Australian Government on behalf of Local Government during a delegation to Shandong Province in May 2015, will provide an excellent mechanism for further developing our economic, cultural and social relations with China and in particular Linyi.”
Mayor Aldridge said the City of Salisbury and the Linyi delegation also used this week’s visit to further discuss ways of increasing economic activity between the two cities. “Linyi is home to more than 10 million people with their GDP growing 11.8% and total foreign trade value increasing by 15.5% in 2012,” Mayor Aldridge said. “And Salisbury is home to world leading research facilities and innovators in defence, logistics and advanced manufacturing, and we are the food hub of South Australia delivering clean and green produce and premium food products. I truly believe Salisbury-based businesses will see more opportunities for investment, export and trade as we continue to build our ties with China.”

Like to be involved?

One of the first projects planned to be undertaken by the City of Salisbury is to survey firms aspiring to or actively engaged in international trade or investment to identify programs or relations in need of development. If you would like to be involved please contact Ben Kirchner, Senior Economic Development Officer on 8260 8205 or

The City of Linyi is located in Shandong Province in the People’s Republic of China. The delegation in Salisbury on 9 November 2015 is one of the highest ranking and most influential Chinese delegations to visit the State of South Australia. The Friendship City Agreement signed states that both cities wish to ‘enhance mutual understanding, friendship, trade and investment between the Chinese and the Australian peoples and further develop cooperation between the two cities’.