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China trade deal’s impact

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed by the minister for trade and investment, Andrew Robb, and the Chinese commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, last week. The signing has been welcomed by Australian aged-care providers with a presence in China.

Dan Woods, executive general manager of brand and business development at RDNS, said: “We're very pleased that the free trade agreement has been signed. [It] certainly endorses the sorts of efforts that RDNS has been undertaking over the last two and a half to three years.”

RDNS already had a presence in China and has expanded this with new ventures. The organisation is working with Onward Community Healthcare in Hong Kong on a program that centres on the education of domestic maids.

Woods said the venture was an example of genuine relationship building and an exploration of what Hong Kong's needs might be.

“We were driven to China by a number of factors, not the least being the fact that China and Asia in general are experiencing their own level of an increasing ageing population," he said. "There are no surprises there. The numbers are quite staggering in China alone."

Health editor Dallas Bastian spoke with Woods on the day of signing about RDNS’s activity in China and the impact ChAFTA has on Australian projects in the region.

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