President Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Talks with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia
2013/07/08

In the evening of July 8, 2013, President Xi Jinping held telephone talks with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia.

Xi Jinping extended congratulations to Kevin Rudd for reassuming office as the Prime Minister of Australia. Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Australia are both important countries in the Asia-Pacific region. As long as the both sides adhere to the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit from a strategic height and a long-term perspective, truly treat each other as strategic partners, and continue to expand exchanges and cooperation, the bilateral relations will be able to continue to develop along the right track and better benefit the people of the two countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that the economies of China and Australia are highly complementary with a huge potential for cooperation. Both sides should, on the basis of consolidated cooperation in traditional fields of energy and husbandry, strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination to create better environment of mutual investment for the enterprises of the two countries and expand practical cooperation in infrastructure construction, energy conservation, environmental protection, finance and other fields. Hope the two sides can show flexibility, try to be creative to resolve the issues of each other's concerns, and reach a high-level free trade agreement as soon as possible, in the spirit of being positive, practical, balanced and mutually beneficial.

Xi Jinping said that China and Australia will respectively hold the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and the G20 Summit next year. Hope the two sides can strengthen coordination and mutual support to turn the multilateral cooperation to an important driving force for China-Australia strategic partnership.

Kevin Rudd said that China plays an important role in regional and global affairs. Australia has been paying great attention to China's reform and opening up, and believes that China's economy will continue to maintain momentum, which works for Australia, as well as the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of world. The establishment of strategic partnership between the two countries has laid a solid foundation for strengthening cooperation in broader areas. Australia wants to develop closer ties with China. Australia places great importance on the Australia-China free trade agreement negotiations, and hopes that the two sides will retain the spirit of mutual understanding and mutual accommodation, and work harder to reach an agreement as early as possible. Australia is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with China within the multilateral framework.

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