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Li Keqiang Holds the 7th Round of China-Australia Annual Prime Ministerial Meeting with Prime Minister Scot Morrison of Australia

On the afternoon of November 3, 2019 local time, Premier Li Keqiang held the 7th round of China-Australia Annual Prime Ministerial Meeting with Prime Minister Scot Morrison of Australia on the sidelines of the series of Leaders' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation in Bangkok.

Li Keqiang said, a sound and stable China-Australia relationship will not only bring benefits to the two peoples, but also contribute to regional and global stability and development. There is no historical grievance or conflict of fundamental interests between China and Australia. The two sides should keep to the general direction of bilateral relations, truly regard each other's development as an opportunity, focus on common interests, conduct constructive exchanges and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, step up joint efforts to enhance mutual understanding and trust, properly handle differences, bring bilateral relations back to the normal track and push for steady and sustained development of bilateral relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out, China-Australia cooperation does not undermine the interests of any third party, will not be targeted at any third party, and should not be affected by any third party. As important economic and trade partners to each other, the two sides should join their hands as the current world economy is facing increasing downward pressure. China is implementing measures to expand opening-up in the service sector, which will provide important opportunities for all countries, including Australia. China is willing to continue to conduct exchanges and cooperation with the Australian side in such areas as trade, energy, finance, education and climate change. It is hoped that the Australian side will meet the Chinese side halfway and work hard to ensure the sound and steady development of bilateral relations.

Scot Morrison congratulated on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said, China's development is a miracle in human history. He expressed his admiration for China's efforts to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the past few decades. The Australian side attaches great importance to its relations with China and is committed to promoting the development of Australia-China relations. Bilateral cooperation between the two sides has seen positive results in such fields as trade, environmental protection, non-governmental exchanges and international students, bringing practical benefits to both countries. The Australian side, as a sovereign state, does not need to choose between Australia-China relations and the relations between Australia and the United States, and will deal with China independently. The Australia-China relationship is not a bargain. As comprehensive strategic partners, the two sides share broad interests in bilateral and global fields. The Australian side looks forward to resuming exchanges and cooperation in various fields with the Chinese side as soon as possible.

Xiao Jie was present at the above event.

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