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Wang Yi Holds Third Round of China-Australia Diplomatic and Strategic Dialogue with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

2016/02/17

On February 17, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia held the third round of China-Australia Diplomatic and Strategic Dialogue in Beijing, exchanging in-depth views on bilateral relations and topics of common interest.

Wang Yi expressed that since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership, the two countries have witnessed constantly expanded cooperation, continuously integrated interests and remarkable progress in people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Bilateral relations are embracing important opportunities. It is hoped that the two sides will further enhance strategic dialogue, boost political mutual trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, respect each other's core interests, and keep tapping cooperation potential so as to inject new and rich connotations to bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wang Yi proposed suggestions on further enhancing cooperation: first is to promote connection of development strategies with a focus on connection between China's "Belt and Road" initiative and Australia's plan to develop its north region as well as between China's innovation-driven development strategy and Australia's National Innovation and Science Agenda; second is to continuously advance cooperation in economy, trade and investment while developing new cooperation fields including production capacity and the third-party cooperation by taking the opportunity of going into effect of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) so as to forge an upgraded version of economic and trade cooperation; third is to expand people-to-people and cultural and local exchanges. It is hoped that Australia will take more visa and entry facilitation measures for Chinese citizens; fourth is to deepen cooperation in defense and law enforcement and jointly combat corruption and transnational crimes; fifth is to intensify coordination and cooperation in the UN, G20, APEC and other multilateral occasions.

Julie Bishop stated that Australia-China relations are one of the most important bilateral relations for Australia. Australia welcomes China's peaceful rise and is glad to see China playing an important role in line with its national strength. Australia cherishes its comprehensive strategic partnership with China and views China as a key cooperative partner. The FTA's coming into force serves as a milestone for the two countries and has benefited Australia a lot. Australia hopes to continue to be a reliable partner of China and work with China to keep high-level exchanges and dialogues, deepen and expand exchanges and cooperation in investment, trade, agriculture, service industry, infrastructure, education, tourism and other fields, and further enhance communication and cooperation in G20, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other international affairs.

Both sides exchanged views on such international and regional issues as the South China Sea issue and the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, holding that it is in the common interests of both sides and the international community to safeguard regional peace and stability. Both sides should further strengthen communication and understanding and continue to enrich the cooperation under the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership.

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