Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

  On Sept. 23, 2013, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at the UN headquarters, New York with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia.

  Wang Yi expressed congratulations for Bishop taking office as Foreign Minister of Australia. He expressed that after the Australian federal election, the Prime Ministers of the two countries exchanged messages and agreed to further deepen China-Australia relations. It has pointed out the course for the development of bilateral relations. China and Australia are both important countries in the Asia-Pacific region and share extensive common interests. In the coming period, the top leaders of the two countries have a series of opportunities of contacts. Both sides should make relevant preparations to lay a solid foundation for the development of China-Australia relations in the new period.

  Wang Yi said that the two countries enjoy huge potentials for economic and trade cooperation. China welcomes Australian businesses to develop in China and hopes that the Australian side will provide a fair environment for Chinese businesses to invest in Australia. The two countries should strive to achieve breakthroughs in the FTA negotiations so as to inject fresh impetus into the development of the two countries. The two countries should as well strengthen coordination and cooperation in multilateral affairs as well as support and cooperate with each other. Besides, China hopes that the Coalition government will respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and well manage sensitive issues such as those concerning Taiwan and Tibet.

  Bishop expressed that the new Australian government attaches importance to developing relations with China from a strategic and long-term perspective. The Australian side hopes to maintain the momentum of bilateral high-level exchanges, to carry out strategic dialogue as well as communication and exchanges at all levels, to accelerate the FTA negotiations and conclude them as soon as possible, to strengthen coordination and cooperation in multilateral and international affairs.

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