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Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia Meets with Wang Yi

2014/09/08

On September 8, 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Parliament House in Canberra.

Tony Abbott said that China has scored remarkable achievements and China's development has brought important opportunities to all the countries in the world including Australia. China is important cooperative partner with Australia and the Australia-China relations is very important for Australia. Australia hopes to further expand and deepen Australia-China relations, promote a vigorous development of the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, advance friendly exchanges in people-to-people and cultural engagement and enhance exchanges and cooperation in defense. Australia stands ready to sign the free trade agreement with China at an early date, and will continue to join efforts with China and Malaysia to conduct joint search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Wang Yi expressed that China-Australia relations enjoy a sound development with the interests of both countries converging with each other, and the bilateral friendly exchanges have forged a broad foundation. To deepen China-Australia relations conforms to the fundamental and long-term interests of both peoples. Both sides should constantly promote mutually beneficial cooperation, upgrade political mutual trust, and make the two aspects keep pace with and complement each other, so as to build a solider foundation and pave a broader prospect for China-Australia relations, and forge a steadier strategic partnership for the two countries.

Wang Yi pointed out both China and Australia should give the irreplaceable leading role of the high-level exchanges in the bilateral relations into full play and make it chart the course for the bilateral relations. The negotiation on China-Australia Free Trade Agreement should be accelerated for an early consensus. Both countries should strengthen the cooperation in agriculture, finance and other fields and nurture new growth points for cooperation. Both sides should participate in the development programs in both West China and Northern Australia and promote the mutual investment climax in both sides. Defense exchanges and cooperation should be deepened and become the new highlight in the bilateral relations. China supports Australia in the implementation of the New Colombo Plan, welcomes more Australian youth to study in China, and supports the Australian side in deepening the "Chinese fever" and well organizing the Confucius Institutes. More facilitation in expanding the bilateral personnel exchanges should also be provided. China and Australia should offer mutual support to the APEC Informal Leadership Meeting and the G20 Summit to be held in China and Australia respectively and ensure the success of the two conferences. China is grateful to Australia for its unremitting efforts in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and is willing to maintain close coordination and cooperation with the Australian side.

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