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China, Australia parliaments to enhance exchanges

    BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and Australian parliamentary officials agreed to enhance exchanges and cooperation during an Australian parliamentary delegation's visit to China on June 30-July 6.

    The eight-member delegation, led by Hon Peter Slipper, chairman of House of ReADV_CONTENTpresentatives Standing committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, visited Beijing and east China's Tianjin, Qingdao and Shanghai.

    Sheng Huaren, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, met with the delegation during its stay in Beijing.

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of establishment of China-Australia diplomatic ties. Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to Australia in September, and both sides agreed to make preparations to ensure a success for the visit and steady and sound development of bilateral ties.

    Both sides also exchanged views on bilateral relations, parliamentary exchanges, economic cooperation and other issues of common concern, an NPC press release said.

    It said the delegation also visited Chinese Foreign Ministry, the National Reform and Development Commission, and the International Department of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China.

    Chinese officials said bilateral relations face new opportunities and the two countries should endeavor to promote stable and sound development of bilateral ties.

    The two sides also agreed to strengthen parliamentary exchanges and expand economic and trade cooperation, especially in energy and resources fields.

    The Australian side said it was fully confident of the future of Australia-China cooperation as the delegation had learnt during the visit about China's achievements in economic and social development.

Editor: Lu Hui
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