Dialogue key to relations with China

Media release
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Prime Minister

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has concluded an official visit to the People’s Republic of China, a significant step forward in stabilising relations between Australia and China.

This visit demonstrated Australia’s commitment to dialogue as the most effective way to deliver our national interests.

In Shanghai, the Prime Minister attended the China International Import Expo to showcase Australia’s world-leading exports.

In Beijing, Prime Minister Albanese held meetings with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Qiang and Mr Zhao Leji, Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

The Prime Minister discussed the full range of Australia’s interests during his visit, including trade, consular, human rights, regional and multilateral issues. He underlined our enduring commitment to pursuing Australia’s national interest, and the vital importance of open dialogue.   

Leaders agreed to resume engagement and dialogue between Australia and China at the highest levels and between officials, important aspects of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

The Prime Minister spoke to President Xi and Premier Li about where we can cooperate on areas of mutual interest. Both sides agreed to pursue greater practical cooperation, including on trade and economic issues, agriculture, climate change and education.

Trade continues to be an important part of our bilateral relationship. Australia and China have benefited enormously from trade – it has improved living standards, helped Australian businesses grow and generated well-paid jobs for Australian workers.

The Government’s steady engagement has already resulted in the removal of trade impediments in coal, barley, hay and other products. The Prime Minister used this visit to advocate for the removal of remaining barriers.

Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese:

“I am pleased to conclude a successful visit to China, the first by an Australian Prime Minister since 2016. This visit was an important step in stabilising relations with China, our largest trading partner.

“While there are differences between us, both Australia and China benefit from cooperation and dialogue.

“I used this visit to advocate for Australia’s interests including on trade, consular, human rights and regional and global issues.

“I thank President Xi and Premier Li for hosting me, and look forward to continued engagement on areas of mutual interest, such as trade and climate change.”