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Xi Jinping Meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Agreeing to Build China-Australia Strategic Partnership of Mutual Trust and Mutual Benefit

2013/04/07

On April 7, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Boao, Hainan province.

Xi said China and Australia have seen their ties expand and converging interests deepen since the establishment of diplomatic relations 40 years ago, and the two countries can become friendly partners pursuing common development. Xi said China and Australia have agreed to foster a strategic partnership built upon mutual trust and mutual benefit. In a move to further boost bilateral ties, the two countries have also pledged to build an annual meeting mechanism between their prime ministers.

Xi pointed out that both sides share an increasing amount of shared interests and responsibilities as well as expanded space for cooperation amid constantly changing international and regional situations. China and Australia should take each other as strategic, constructive partners, accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns and build a new type of state-to-state relations based on mutual respect, mutual trust and win-win cooperation. "I hope the two countries can enhance communications, expand cooperation, accelerate negotiations on bilateral free trade agreements, and diversify trade and investments to push bilateral ties to a new height," Xi said.

Xi said both countries are located in the Asia-Pacific region. As stability and development are the top priorities for the Asia-Pacific region, China hopes related countries can cherish the current hard-won momentum, stick to the overall direction of East Asia cooperation and put the focus on development through mutual trust, solidarity and cooperation, Xi said, adding that China and Australia should set a good example in this regard.

During the meeting, Gillard said Australia is devoted to developing a mutually beneficial strategic partnership of mutual trust with China based on mutual respect, adding that she believes the regular meeting mechanism between the two nations' prime ministers will help deepen cooperation. Australia hopes to become a reliable resources supplier to China, while widening cooperation in areas such as agriculture and financial services, she said. The two countries should expand bilateral investment and try to reach an agreement on free trade as soon as possible, Gillard said, adding Australia is willing to strengthen cultural exchanges to build up mutual understanding. She noted Australia hopes to maintain contact and coordination with China to jointly maintain regional peace, stability and development.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu and Yang Jiechi attended the meeting.

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