Meeting with China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi

  • Statement

This afternoon I held the 6th Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue with China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi in Beijing.

On the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the People’s Republic of China, we had the opportunity for a constructive meeting. This was an important step towards a stable relationship with China, under our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

I reiterated my view that we can grow our bilateral relationship and uphold our national interests, if both countries navigate our differences wisely.

I set out our position on issues of importance to Australians, including consular matters, trade blockages, human rights, international security and the global rules and norms that underpin our security and prosperity.

We agreed to maintain high-level engagement, and to commence or restart dialogue in areas including bilateral relations, consular affairs, trade and economic issues, climate change, defence, and regional and international issues.

We also agreed to restart the 1.5 Track High-Level Dialogue, the Australia-China CEO Roundtable and visits by bilateral business delegations.

The Joint Outcomes Statement can be viewed here.

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