Chinese vice president calls for deepening energy, resources cooperation with Australia (2)

15:56, June 21, 2010      

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Xi urged governments and enterprises from both countries to join hands to establish a long-term stable trade and investment partnership in energy and resource to realize a win-win cooperation.

The vice president, who was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to attend the forum, also urged both sides to steadily move forward the talks on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

In later this month, the 15th round of talks on the FTA will be conducted in Beijing. Xi said he hoped that both sides could take a positive, practical and balanced approach to strive for an early conclusion of the talks.

The vice president also urged both sides to explore more cooperation on new fields like environment-friendly industries, water treatment, air cleaning, new energy, new material and other energy-saving technology.

He also urged Australia to join hands with China to fight protectionism emerged in international trade and investment.

Over 500 business leaders from China and Australia attended the forum.

Later on Monday, Xi and Kevin Rudd are scheduled to meet with senior business leaders who attend a CEO roundtable meeting in Canberra.

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