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Yang Jiechi Meets with Foreign Ministers of Australia, New Zealand and Canada

From November 20 to 22, 2008, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met respectively with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

During a meeting with his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith, Yang hailed the latest achievements in bilateral ties, especially development in cooperation in the fields of economy, trade and environmental protection. He also noted the close communication and coordination between the two sides on such international and regional affairs as the financial crisis. Bilateral relations face an important opportunity for development and China is willing to work with Australia to enhance the all-round mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Yang also said the first strategic dialogue between the two countries in February was successful and their economic and trade cooperation is booming with continuously developing mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation. Smith said Australia will actively boost negotiations with China on a free trade agreement and welcome investments from Chinese enterprises.

At a meeting with New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCullyon, Yang said the Chinese government has always treated bilateral ties with New Zealand from a strategic and long-term perspective. China is willing to closely cooperate with the New Zealand government to maintain the good momentum for the exchange of high-level visits and promote practical cooperation in all areas, he said. The minister also voiced China's willingness to boost bilateral communication and coordination on international and regional affairs, so as to further open up new prospect for China-New Zealand mutually beneficial and win-win relations of all-round cooperation.

McCully said the New Zealand government attaches great importance to its ties with China and hopes to enhance high-level exchanges. New Zealand will make efforts to implement the free trade agreement with China and promote cooperation in such fields as agriculture, forestry, environmental protection and education.

At the meeting with his Canadian counterpart Lawrence Cannon, Yang said both sides should firmly grasp the overall direction of bilateral ties, take care of the interests and concerns of each other and properly deal with sensitive issues. China is willing to join hands with Canada to strengthen dialogue and contact and enhance understanding, trust and cooperation, he said. Both sides should try to tap the potential and push for the further improvement and development of bilateral ties, he added.

Cannon said Canada is willing to strengthen cooperation with China, increase high-level visits and boost cooperation on bilateral and international issues. Canada appreciates China's active role in coping with the financial crisis, he added.

All three foreign ministers reiterated their countries' adherence to the one-China policy.

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