Changes have been made to the length of entry visas for Chinese business people visiting Australia.
The ministers for trade and investment and immigration and border protection confirmed the new proposals will allow Chinese visitors to qualify for a three-year entry visa rather than the previous 12 month period.
Extensions were applied to the visa criteria following the recent decision to increase seating capacity allocated to Chinese airlines during the Chinese New Year period and it is hoped it could boost trade between the two nations.
"These changes will also support the government's ambitious trade and investment agenda and increase the opportunities to do business with China," explained Andrew Robb, minister for trade and investment.
He added that Chinese investment in Australia has increased significantly between 2002 and 2012 and now totals around $23 billion.
According to the latest official visitor numbers, there was a total of 713,900 arrivals from China in the past year - significantly up from 190,000 in 2002.
Posted by Steve Douglas.