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Premier, Ministers travel to China and Japan next month

Premier Mark McGowan will be leading an education and tourism-focused delegation to China and Japan next month in his first international trip as leader of Western Australia.

The Premier’s visit to China was originally scheduled for this month, but this was changed after China’s National Party Congress was announced to begin on October 18.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia will join the Premier, along with a delegation of invited representatives from the tourism and education sectors.

The delegation will travel to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship ahead of a visit to Shanghai.

Ms Ellery and some university delegates will also visit Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province.

Mr McGowan and Mr Papalia will then travel to Japan to meet the leadership of major Japanese companies, along with senior government figures.

The Japanese visit includes time in Tokyo and Kobe in Sister State Hyogo Prefecture, and will also explore opportunities for greater collaboration in tourism to help boost WA’s economy.