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China, Australia Hail 35th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

On December 21, 2007, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd sent messages to each other to hail the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Wen said in the message that bilateral relations have all along maintained sound momentum for development since the two countries forged diplomatic ties 35 years ago. The sound development of bilateral ties not only benefits the two peoples, but contributes to peace, stability and development of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. He said the two countries nowadays are enjoying major opportunities to further boost their ties. China is willing to work with Australia to continue to view bilateral ties from a strategic perspective and promote long-term sound and stable development of bilateral ties based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, he added.

Rudd said Australia-China ties have made huge progress over the past 35 years, and the two countries are enjoying ever strong friendship and partnership. The two peoples proudly cherish good feelings toward each other. This would help make their bilateral relations even closer and push the relations, based on mutual respect, understanding and common interests, to a new high, he added.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith also sent messages of congratulations to each other on the same day.

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