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Wang Yi Met with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

2014/08/10

On August 9, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the sidelines of the series of Foreign Ministers' meetings on East Asia cooperation in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Wang Yi said that the current China-Australia relationship is on a sound footing, and is faced with important opportunities. Both sides should adopt a strategic and long-term perspective and work towards the same direction on the basis of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation so that the strategic partnership between China and Australia can achieve more progress. It is also important to keep the momentum in high-level exchanges, step up negotiations on free trade agreement, deepen cooperation on energy and resources and promote education and culture exchanges to foster new highlights of cultural cooperation. Wang Yi thanked the Australian side for their active engagement in searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, and expressed his sympathy to the Australian side for the Australian passengers perished in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Foreign Minister Bishop said that Australia-China relationship is enjoying a strong momentum of development. The Australian side is willing to intensify high-level strategic communication and deepen mutual trust with China. Australia will take positive steps to push forward free trade negotiations so as to attract more Chinese enterprises to invest in Australia, and to implement people-to people and cultural exchanges programs like the New Colombo Plan so as to strengthen the friendship between the two peoples. Australia will continue to coordinate and cooperate with China in international organizations, including the UN and G20. The Australian side will carry on its search for the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

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