Chinese vice president holds talks with Australian PM, hails partnership

15:05, June 21, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping held talks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday morning, hailing the relations between the two countries.

The bilateral comprehensive cooperative relationship has set "an example" for countries with different political systems, cultural traditions and development stages to seek harmonious relations and common development, Xi said when talking with Rudd in the Parliament House in Canberra.

The economic complementarity and comprehensive trade and economic cooperation between China and Australia have become an inherent driving force boosting the development of the China-Australia relations at large, he said.

Xi also said the two-way investment and the expansion of the spheres of cooperation signal that Sino-Australian trade and economic cooperation is taking on a comprehensive, multi-levelled and diversified approach.

"This is a blessing for both Chinese and Australian people, and it is also a vital element in promoting the balanced and sustainable development of the world economy," he said.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation agreements.

Later on the day, Xi will address the Australia-China Trade and Economic Forum with Rudd. In the evening, Xi and Rudd will meet with business leaders from China and Australia who are here for a roundtable dialogue.

Xi, a guest of Rudd, arrived in Canberra on Sunday afternoon after a one-day tour in Melbourne where the Chinese vice president opened Australia's first Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Sunday morning, Xi said the establishment of the institute was "another vital achievement" for China and Australia in the field of people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation.

The Confucius Institute is a collaborative project between RMIT and the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, supported by the headquarters of the Confucius Institute in Beijing.

The Chinese vice president said the vital value of cultural and educational exchanges lies in the heart-to-heart communication. He stressed China and Australia have achieved fruitful results in bilateral cultural exchanges and cooperation, despite differences in their historical and cultural traditions.

He also spoke highly of the Chinese medicine, calling it a gem of ancient Chinese science, and also a key to opening the treasure of Chinese civilization.

Also on Sunday, Xi visited the headquarters of Telstra, a telecom giant of Australia, and made a trip to a farm on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Australia is the last leg of Xi's four-nation tour, which has taken him to Bangladesh, Laos and New Zealand.



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