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China, Australia vow to make new progress for partnership
2009/03/28

 

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) meets with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in Beijing, March 27, 2009.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) meets with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in Beijing, March 27, 2009.(Xinhua/Ding Lin)

    BEIJING, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Friday, vowing to boost China-Australia partnership.

    Yang said the current bilateral ties maintain a good momentum of comprehensive development, featuring frequent high-level contacts and fruitful exchanges and cooperation in various fields such as economy and trade, energy and resources, science and technology, culture and tourism.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (1st L) meets with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith (1st R) in Beijing, March 27, 2009.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (1st L) meets with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith (1st R) in Beijing, March 27, 2009.(Xinhua/Ding Lin)

    "China and Australia have also enhanced consultation and dialogue in international and regional affairs," said Yang.

    Australian government attached great importance to developing ties with China, said Smith, who is on an official visit to China from March 24 to 27.

    He said Australia is willing to keep close high-level contacts with China and further promote bilateral friendly communication and cooperation so as to make positive efforts for developing Australia-China ties.

    He also stressed that Australia would continue to stick to the one-China policy.

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