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May 15, 2012

With Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang and Australia’s Ambassador to China Frances Adamson in Beijing on May 15, 2012 (Photograph: Yu Chuzhong)

Today I met Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss ways to advance the Australia-China relationship, which has gone from strength to strength in recent decades.

We discussed ways to build on that solid foundation to usher-in a new era of enhanced bilateral engagement. We also discussed Australia and China’s growing economic and trade relationship, valued at over $121 billion in 2011.

With Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, in Beijing on May 14, 2012 (Photograph: Chuzhong Yu)

Yesterday, May 14, I met my Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. We discussed the Australia-China bilateral relationship as well as other regional and global issues.

I also met Minister Wang of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Department, and Lt. General Wei Fenghe, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army.

Australia has a positive view of China’s increasing role in world affairs.

We believe that a prosperous China, actively and constructively engaged in regional and global affairs is good for China and good for the world.

I am confident that the bilateral relationship will continue to flourish, to the benefit of both sides.


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