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China Premier Li's journey to Australia is an 'essential' present of stabilised ties, minister says By Reuters

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Overseas Minister Penny Wong mentioned on Sunday that China Premier Li Qiang’s go to to Australia was “really important” in exhibiting stabilised ties between the 2 nations, after Li, China’s second-highest ranked official, arrived in Adelaide on Saturday.

Li touched down within the South Australia state capital late on Saturday, saying bilateral relations had been “back on track” as he began a four-day go to to Australia, the primary journey by a Chinese language premier to the most important buying and selling accomplice in seven years.

China imposed commerce restrictions on a raft of Australian agricultural and mineral merchandise in 2020 throughout a diplomatic dispute that has now largely eased.

“This is obviously a really important visit, it’s the first visit in seven years by the Chinese premier,” Wong advised Australian Broadcasting Corp. tv on Sunday morning.

“It comes after two years of very deliberate, very patient work by this government to bring about a stabilisation of the relationship.”

In Adelaide on Sunday, Li is predicted to go to a pair of pandas on mortgage from China to Adelaide’s zoo, then have lunch with wine exporters till lately shut out of the Chinese language market in a dispute that suspended A$20 billion ($13 billion) in Australian agriculture and mineral exports final yr.

Li may also go to the capital Canberra and iron-ore wealthy mining state Western Australia on the stopover.

Australia is the largest provider of iron ore to China, which has been an investor in Australian mining initiatives, although some current Chinese language funding in crucial minerals has been blocked by Australia on nationwide curiosity grounds.

Li arrived from New Zealand, the place he highlighted Chinese language demand for New Zealand’s agricultural merchandise.

China is the largest buying and selling accomplice of Australia and New Zealand. Canberra and Wellington are in search of to steadiness commerce with regional safety considerations over China’s ambitions within the Pacific Islands.

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