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.
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.