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Li Keqiang Arrives in Canberra for an Official Visit to Australia and Holds the Fifth China-Australia Annual Prime Ministerial Meeting

On the evening of March 22, 2017 local time, at the invitation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, Premier Li Keqiang arrived at the Canberra International Airport by special plane, starting an official visit to Australia and holding the fifth China-Australia Annual Prime Ministerial Meeting. Premier Li Keqiang's wife, Mme. Cheng Hong arrived by the same plane.

Senior officials from the Australian government including Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo and H.E. Cheng Jingye, Chinese Ambassador to Australia welcomed Premier Li Keqiang at the airport.

Li Keqiang expressed that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. The substantial development in bilateral relations and cooperation has brought numerous tangible benefits to the two peoples. I hoped that the visit this time could usher in new prospects of bilateral cooperation in various fields and push forward the sustained, healthy and stable development of China-Australia relations in the spirit of mutual respect, equal treatment and win-win cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that under the situation of the weak global economic recovery and the rising trend of anti-globalization and protectionism, China and Australia, as two countries with important international influence, have built consensus, deepened cooperation, jointly sent a positive signal of facilitating trade and investment liberalization and facilitation and fighting against protectionism, as well as released more dividends of free trade driven prosperity , which is conducive to better achieving mutual benefit and win-win result, and will contribute to the stability and development in the region and the world.

During the visit, Li Keqiang will hold several meetings with Malcolm Turnbull, witness the signing of bilateral cooperation documents and jointly meet the press. Both Li Keqiang and Malcolm Turnbull will attend the Second China-Australia State/Provincial Leaders Forum, the China-Australia CEO Roundtable Meeting, China-Australia Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum and relevant people-to-people and cultural activities. Li Keqiang will also meet with important members of the Australian government including Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, President of the Senate Stephen Parry of the Federal Parliament, Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith and Leader of the Labor Party Bill Shorten.

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