The prospect of China using Tasmania as a gateway for its growing Antarctic program is a step closer, after the Premier met with Chinese authorities.

Lara Giddings is in Beijing, where she has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Oceanic Administration.

It will mean more opportunities for Chinese researchers to use Hobart as an Antarctic gateway and will also encourage resource sharing.

The State Government hopes the agreement will lead to more jobs in Antarctic research and supply.

The Chinese ice-breaker Xue Long docked in Hobart earlier this year on its way south.

The ship's representatives met with local researchers in a bid to strengthen ties.

French and Italian research teams already use Hobart as a gateway to the frozen continent.