I was saddened to learn of the passing of former Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, H.E. Mr Li Keqiang.
During Mr Li's period in office, significant strides were made in our bilateral relationship including the conclusion of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. When we met last year in the margins of the East Asia Summit, we discussed the importance of these ties and our desire to see them develop further.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Australia, I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and to the people of China.