Premier Wen Jiabao Meets with Australian Prime Minister Gillard, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
On November 19, 2011, Premier Wen Jiabao met with his Australian counterpart, Julia Gillard, and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Bali, Indonesia.
During his meeting with Gillard, the Chinese premier said China-Australia relations had maintained sound momentum and both sides, facing the complex international and regional situation, should intensify strategic communication and improve mutual political trust, so as to boost the healthy, steady development of bilateral relations. The two countries should strengthen confidence and agree on bilateral free trade arrangements as soon as possible in the light of mutual benefit, mutual understanding and mutual accommodation, he said. Both sides should intensify cooperation in the fields of monetary financing, energy, agriculture and animal husbandry, and expand cooperation in the areas of energy-saving, environmental protection, new energy, clean energy, renewable energy and services, Wen said. He said China and Australia should take their Culture Years, being held in each other's country last year and this year, as an opportunity to enlarge people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to improve mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Gillard said cooperation between Australia and China had yielded significant results and had a bright future. Australia was willing to work with China to boost the development of bilateral ties by taking the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year.
In his meeting with Lee, Wen said China and Singapore should fully use the China-Singapore Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation and other mechanisms to strengthen overall planning and implement bilateral free trade agreements. He also called on the two countries to actively push forward financial cooperation, increase exchanges in the fields of education, culture and society, and deepen coordination in regional affairs, so as to strive for new development in bilateral relations.
Lee said Singapore-China relations had maintained a robust momentum in development, bringing substantial benefits to both sides. Singapore was ready to make concerted efforts with China to further strengthen cooperation in such areas as trade, economy and cultural and people-to-people exchanges, to lift bilateral relations to a new high.