Yang Jiechi Meets with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

On February 18, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met in Zhongnanhai with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia.

Yang Jiechi said that President Xi Jinping's successful visit to Australia in 2014 charted the course for China-Australia relations. Bilateral relations are generally enjoying a sound development and both sides are actively advancing bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. It is hoped that both sides will earnestly implement the important consensus reached by leaders of both countries, keep close exchanges at high and other levels, expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields including economy and trade, science and technology and education, and consolidate public opinion foundation so as to constantly make new progresses for bilateral relations. The two countries should play their respective development advantages, promote connection of their development strategies, and enhance their economic and trade cooperation to realize mutual benefits and win-win results. China will work with Australia to strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional issues and push for important results from the G20 Hangzhou Summit.

Julie Bishop expressed that Australia and China now enjoy the closest and strongest bilateral relations and huge potential in economic, trade and people-to-people and cultural cooperation. Australia is willing to become a reliable economic and trade partner of China and enhance bilateral cooperation in such areas as tourism, education, justice and counterterrorism as well as in multilateral frameworks such as G20.

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