Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra, capital of Australia, June 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
By Xinhua writers Wu Liming, Cao Yang
CANBERRA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hailed here on Monday the relationship between China and Australia, calling for more measures to boost bilateral ties.
During the talks between the two leaders in the Parliament House in Canberra, Xi said the bilateral comprehensive cooperative relationship has set "an example" for countries with different political systems, cultural traditions and development stages to seek harmonious relationship and common development.
The vice president said the economic complementarity and comprehensive trade and economic cooperation between China and Australia has become an inner impetus driving the advancement of the China-Australia relations at large.
He cited that the trade volume between China and Australia still kept growth last year despite worldwide financial crisis.
The two-way investment and the expansion of cooperation fields signals that the China-Australia trade and economic cooperation is moving towards a comprehensive, multi-levelled and diversified approach, he said.
"This is a good blessing for both Chinese and Australian peoples, and it is also a vital element to promoting the balanced development of world economy and sustainable development," Xi said.
Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) talks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra, capital of Australia, June 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
He said both sides should make full use of various chances to push forward the bilateral comprehensive cooperative relationship into a higher level.
The vice president thus put forward a five-point proposal on boosting the relationship, according to a press release issued by the Chinese delegation.
He said both sides should further increase mutual political trust and keep timely and close communication on bilateral relations and other important issues of common concern.
He also said both sides should expand and explore more substantial cooperation, adding that more efforts could be made on sustainable development cooperation, financial cooperation and two- way investment.
Xi said both sides should enhance people-to-people and cultural exchange, so as to increase mutual trust, expand consensus and deepen mutual understanding and friendship.
Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping holds talks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra, capital of Australia, June 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
He also said both sides should properly handle some sensitive issues, adding that respecting each other's key interest and major concerns is a vital basis to sustain the long-term healthy development of the China-Australia relations.
He said the issues like Taiwan and Tibet are concerned with sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security, which are vital principled issues related to China's key interest.
China appreciates Australia's adherence to the one China principle and respect for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Xi noted.
He also said both sides should enhance communication and coordination on multilateral and global issues, so as to make more contribution to world peace and development.
Kevin Rudd, on his part, said the Australia-China relations are of vital importance to Australia, noting that Xi's current visit would push the development of bilateral relationship effectively.
Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd talk while attending a signing ceremony of several cooperation agreements and business contracts in Canberra, capital of Australia, June 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
He said Australia is dedicated to a long-term stable and comprehensive cooperative partnership with China, according to a press release issued by the Chinese delegation.
The prime minister said Australia is willing to enhance trade and economic cooperation, and cooperation on energy and resources, tourism, people-to-people communication and cultural exchange, it will also strengthen the coordination with China on major international and regional issues like climate change, so as to lift the bilateral relations into a higher level.
He also reiterated that Australia firmly adheres to the one China policy.
The talks lasted over one hour. After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation agreements and business contracts.