Australia ’s Trade Minister Craig Emerson has named Vietnam among several Asian countries as his priority in fostering economic relations.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on August 4 cited the minister as saying that he would be putting most of his efforts into developing relations with China , India , Indonesia , the Republic of Korea , Japan , Vietnam and Malaysia .

He says he wants to develop relations with a smaller number of countries, rather than spend most of his time in a plane flying around the world.

Emerson is leading a delegation of more than 80 Australian businesses on a tour of Chinese cities from August 4-9, aiming to explore new opportunities for Australian exports and investment in the country./.