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The Rise of Second-Tier Cities in China

What is the Chinese market? Many companies looking to enter China see the country as a whole - as one distinct market. However, this is a common mistake that foreign investors make when entering China for the first time. China is a patchwork of regional markets at various stages of economic development. These markets are bound together as one nation and yet separated by differences in government, communication challenges, regional rivalries and poor infrastructure. This is the reality of the "Chinese market" and any company entering must be aware and prepared to deal with this reality if they want to be successful.

China can be divided into tiers – there are four first tier cities. Shanghai is the main business centre of the Yangtze River Delta, Shenzhen and Guangzhou are cities of high economic development and well-established infrastructure located in the Pearl River Delta. Beijing is home to the government, China's finest universities and research institutes and is the leader in R&D. Beijing also offers "Zhong guan cun" – the Chinese Silicon Valley.

Second tier cities cover other key regions including cities such as Shenyang, Dalian, Tianjin and Harbin in the Industrial North East. The metropolises of Chongqing, Chengdu and Wuhan, cover the more developed areas of Western China. And Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Ningbo cover the western coastal areas.
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Written by Klaus Koehler.
Food and Wine Appreciation Dinner 2012

ANZ Bank/HKABA - SA Chapter
Food and Wine Appreciation Dinner 2012
Photo Gallery and Quotes
Quotes from Food & Wine Dinner VIP Guest.
"Congratulation for yet another big success. Well done to Edmund and the team. I think the event has made a significant positive impression of our HKABA-SA and its activities as well as the benefit it is aiming to bring to our members and our States. Lan and I thoroughly enjoined the occasion."
Mr Hieu Van Le AO, Lt Governor of South Australia & Chairman of SAMEAC

"Congratulations to you and the HKABA-SA Committee for organising yet another very successful and incredibly “noisy” Food and Wine Appreciation Dinner."
I would like to thank you for your generous hospitality.
The Honourable. Jing Lee, MLC

Tax Planning Seminar

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HKABA-SA Chapter Tax Planning Series:
Investment Property and your Self Managed Super Fund Seminar
with Tai Nguyen (FWA Accountants) and Ryan Gu (NAB)
Date: Thursday, 17th May 2012
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: NAB Boardroom, 48 Greenhill Road WAYVILLE
RSVP: By Friday 11th  May 2012 to
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HKABA-SA & ANZ VIP Lunches Photo Gallery

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Guest Name from right:
1) Mr. Hieu Van Le (Lieutenant Governor of South Australia),
2) Mr. John Sulan (Judge)
3) Ms. Karen Raffen (CEO Advantage SA)
4) Mr.Alex Brooking--Director of DFAT
5) Hon Iain Evans (Shadow Treasurer)
6) Ms. Angelique Boileau (Boileau Business Solution)
7) Mr. Francis Wong
8) Ms. Jane Yuile (Chairman of ANZ Bank)
9) Mr. Patrick Ho (President of HKABA-SA Chapter)
10) Hon Isobel Redmond (Leader of the Opposition)
11) Dr. Roger Sexton AM
12) Hon Jing Lee MLC
13) Mr. Mike Higgs (HKABA-SA Chapter)
14) Mr. Claude Piscioneri (District Manager, ANZ Bank)
15) Mr. Angelo Demasi (Adelaide Produce Market)
16) Kym Darcy (ANZ Bank)
17) Mr.Mario Bonomi (Owner of LJ Hooker St. Peter & Commercial)
The 13th Hong Kong Forum – Mark Your Diary!

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The 13th Hong Kong Forum  4 – 5 December 2012
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Hong Kong Forum is the annual flagship event of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide, a global network with over 11,000 members from the 33 Hong Kong business associations located in 24 countries. Members come to network and acquire the latest market information in the region.
In 2011, we played host to 360 participants representing over 300 companies from 23 countries.

Why participate in the 13th Hong Kong Forum?
1)     Participate in the exchange with business leaders; Understand the steps taken to build a global business; Learn about the deals, strategies and business philosophy of successful companies.
2)     First-hand updates from policy makers and opinion formers about the latest development and business outlook of Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland.
3)     Practical advice about how you can benefit from Hong Kong’s capabilities in design & marketing, finance and professional services for your growing business with Asia.
4)     Privileged networking opportunities with Federation’s member associates, Hong Kong and mainland companies.  
5)    Complimentary admission to The World SME Expo and Innovation Design Tech Expo, to be held on 6 – 8 December 2012.
6)     Optional side trip to a city in the Pearl River Delta in China to strengthen connections with local officials and private enterprises.
For more details, please visit
For enquiries, please contact Ms Annie Ho, Assistant Manager, Hong Kong Trade Development Council at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
China's Economic Outlook 2012


"On 21st March,2012,HKABA-SA & Confucius Ins. jointly held a seminar title:"China's Economic Outlook 2012:Challenges to its development.the role of Hong Kong and the implications for Australia" at the Ernst & Young Boardroom.We have overwhelming response and over 130 people attending our event.
Three speakers are Dr. Minquan Liu,Mr. Steve Barclay from HKETO and Professor ChristopherFinalay AM.Their presentation are excellent and keep the audience of the knowledge of the updated information about the Chinese situation and what Hong Kong importance in delaing with China and the attitude of the Australian need to have.
The event is well recieved and the audience has a chance to mingle with the speakers in a cocktail environment right after the presentation.
Our Association is proud to be a sponsor of this event and we are looking to support this joint event for the rest of 2012.
Reported By Mr. Patrick Ho

Invest HK Newsletter Issue 2, 2012

Read more for Invest HK Newsletter Issue 2, 2012.


16 April 2012 – ICE-BREAKER EVENT: 75 Minute
Trade Exchange with the Hong Kong Australia Business Association
Hong Kong is an ideal starting point for Australian companies looking to export. The city-state has a vibrant, cosmopolitan economy built upon international trading pillars. This short networking session will enable you to engage with members of the HKABA and provide opportunities for established exporters, emerging exporters or advisors with clients considering export potential.
* HKABA members please confirm your FREE registration by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Venue: NAB Boardroom, Level 11 22 King William Street, Adelaide, 12.15pm–1.30pm
Bookings: Click Here


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