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Chinese president meets Australian PM on bilateral ties, tackling global challenges
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09:52, April 03, 2009

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Chinese President Hu Jintao and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Thursday agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in trade and the fight against the financial crisis and climate change.

Hu and Rudd were meeting on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G20) summit on the financial crisis in London.

Hu said that in recent years the development of Sino-Australian relations has been gaining momentum in an all-around way. Both sides have maintained frequent exchanges of high-level visits and deepened mutual political trust.

New achievements have been made in cooperation in energy, resource, environmental protection, education and culture, Hu said, adding that both countries have also enhanced exchanges and coordination in international and regional affairs.

The Chinese president said that both sides should enhance exchanges between their leaders to expand consensus and mutual trust, deepen economic and financial cooperation as well as mutually beneficial cooperation in fields like energy, science and technology and environmental protection.

The two countries should also make concerted efforts in the face of the global financial crisis, and broaden multilateral cooperation in issues of common concern such as regional cooperation and climate change, thus contributing to peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world at large, Hu added.

Rudd, for his part, shared Hu's view that the two countries should step up coordination in tackling the financial crisis.

He said the Australian people are grateful of the Chinese people for their sympathy after the recent major fire.

The prime minister also praised China's role at the G20 summit, saying that China's active participation in the negotiations at the G20 summit contributed a great deal to the success of the summit.

The summit is of vital importance to stimulate the world economy, and will provide opportunities for the further cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Rudd said he is optimistic about the future of Australia-China ties, and Australia will work closely with China for the success of next financial summit meeting.

President Hu noted that the G20 summit constituted an important and effective platform for the international community to combat the crisis.

The summit, held amid global economic downturn, yielded positive results by formulating concerted measures to tackle the international financial crisis and revive the global economy, he added.

The Chinese president reiterated China's readiness to work with other participants to materialize what they had decided at the summit.


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