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Australia Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit China

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Marise Payne, will visit China from the 7-8 November 2018, to attend the 5th Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue, hosted by the Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Minister Payne in a press release says “she is looking forward to discussions with Minister Wang to enhance bilateral understanding and cooperation across the full range of Australia’s interests, spanning strategic, economic and people-to-people connections.”

“The dialogue will build on our discussions in the margins of the United National General Assembly Leaders Week in late September.”

Payne says “the Australian Government is committed to a constructive relationship with China, founded on shared interests and mutual respect.”

“Cooperation with China under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership is a priority of the highest order for Australia, as was made clear in our Foreign Policy White Paper.”

The press statement said that “Australia’s economic partnership continues to strengthen following the implementation of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, with trade, direct investment, and two-way education and tourism all at record levels.”

Payne disclosed that “the dialogue is an opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen cooperation and ensure we continue to advance regional security and prosperity in this period of rapid change.”