Western Australia premier: I still see China as our No. 1 customer

The Australian state of Western Australia (WA) Premier Colin Barnett said he still sees China as the state’s No. 1 customer.

WA has witnessed a fall in economic growth since the decline of the decade-long mining and resource boom, but the state’s leader is still confident in a strong growth.

Barnett says the main influence to the Western Australia economy has been the fall in prices of key commodities, particularly iron ore, oil and natural gas.

However, he says WA exports of iron ore to China have grown from 80 million tonnes per year to 550 million tonnes per year in a decade.

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