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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia

On the morning of March 23, 2017 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at the Parliament House in Canberra with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia.

Li Keqiang expressed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations 45 years ago, China and Australia have increasingly deepened friendship and continuously pushed forward cooperation in various fields. The Chinese side is willing to work with the Australian side to constantly uphold the principle of equal treatment, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, consolidate political mutual trust, enhance strategic communication and promote the improvement and upgrade of practical cooperation, so as to ensure a sustained, healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out that at present, the international situation is complex and changeable, with the rising trend of protectionism and increasing global challenges. China is ready to make joint efforts with all countries including Australia to safeguard peace and stability in Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. China will continuously expand opening up, join efforts with Australia to push bilateral economic and trade relations for greater development, and send positive signal of boosting trade and investment liberalization and facilitation and maintaining the current globalTRADE SYSTEM with practical actions, in order to inject ever-lasting impetus into world economic development and provide a stable expectation.

Malcolm Turnbull said that both sides have continuously deepened bilateral relations and cooperation, and conducted high-level exchanges as well as frequent communication. The current world situation faces with unprecedented evolution and technical changes. The Australian side is willing to deepen bilateral mutual trust, and maintain stability and consistency of Australia-China relations and cooperation. Under the current background of the rising protectionism, the promotion of global free trade is conducive to achieving employment and economic growth. Australia stands ready to make joint efforts with China to maintain free trade and open markets, so as to continuously benefit the two peoples.

Before the talks, Malcolm Turnbull held a grand welcoming ceremony for Li Keqiang at the square of the Parliament House. A 19-gun salute was fired, and the guard of honor presented rifle-salute. The military band played the national anthems of both countries. Li Keqiang reviewed the guard of honor. The national flags of China and Australia fluttered in the wind over the square.

Premier Li Keqiang's wife, Mme. Cheng Hong and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife, Mme. Lucy Turnbull attended the welcoming ceremony.

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