On November 4th, Xia Geng, Vice Governor of Shandong Province attended and addressed the opening ceremony of Australia (Northern Territory)-China (Rizhao) Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum. The economic and trade cooperation forum themed with “Innovation, Cooperation, Development and Win-win” was co-organized by the Department of Commerce of Shandong Province, Rizhao Municipal People’s Government and Northern Territory Government of Australia. Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of Northern Territory Government of Australia, led 96 delegates from government, economic and trade, cultural education and other fields, and 260 representatives of enterprises from the province to attend the meeting. Xia Geng pointed out that Shandong province has maintained close and friendly cooperation relations with Australia; the two sides have achieved fruitful cooperation results in economy and trade, culture, tourism and other fields; Rizhao is a frontier of Shandong to open up, also the eastern bridgehead of New Eurasia Continental Bridge. He hoped Shandong and North territory would continue to map out construction projects, increase mutual investment, jointly build high-level cooperation platform, promote the friendly cooperation between the two sides to achieve development in wider field and higher level, and build a model of China-Australia local government cooperation in processing and trade of agricultural products, green food production, mineral and energy exploitation, culture and education, tourism development, clean energy utilization, energy-saving and environmental technology generalization, etc. starting with China-Australia (Rizhao) Industrial Park. In his speech, Michael Gunner highlighted the development of superior industries in Northern Territory such as minerals, energy, services, agriculture and animal husbandry, tourism and education, and expressed his wish to establish closer economic, trade and cultural contacts with Shandong province especially with Rizhao city, taking advantage of the opportunities of China “One Belt and One Road” strategy and Australia “Great Northern Development”, so as to jointly promote bilateral cooperation to score new achievements. After the opening ceremony, Rizhao city and Northern Territory signed “Agreement on Further Expanding Trade and Economic Exchange and Cooperation between Rizhao City and Northern Territory”, hosted thematic promotion activities and business talks, and signed agreements on the projects of Darwin port industrial parks, five-star hotels, livestock products processing, food cooperation, international educational exchange and cooperation, etc. Before the meeting, Governor Xia met with Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of Australia (Northern Territory) and his parties in Rizhao. She Chunming, Director-General of Department of Commerce of Shandong Province, and heads of Rizhao Municipal Government and Shandong provincial relevant departments, attended the above activities.