Highlights of Chinese vice president's visit in Australia

13:41, June 23, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping Tuesday continued a five-day visit to Australia which began Saturday.

The following are highlights of Xi's visit.

CANBERRA -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was at the Australian National University (ANU) Tuesday, donating books to the university's new center on China education and research.

Xi congratulated on the establishment of the Australian Center on China in the World. He said the ANU has strong academic achievements on China study, which played a positive role in enhancing all-round understandings of China by all walks of life in Australia and promoting more cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.

Xi said the Australian government's decision in establishing such a center on China study and dedicating a huge amount of money for the research work has demonstrated Australia's strong desire to learn more about China. He said he believes the new center will become a brand new platform at a higher level to promote communications and exchanges.

DARWIN, Australia -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met here on Tuesday with Paul Henderson, Chief Minister of Australia's Northern Territory, hailing the economic cooperation between China and the region.

During the talks, Xi said he is pleased to visit Darwin, the nearest Australian city to China.

He said his visit is aimed at boosting China's relations with the Northern Territory, proposing both sides should deepen trade and economic cooperation, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and enhance the exchanges between the Northern Territory and Chinese provinces.

CANBERRA -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met here on Tuesday with Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

During the talks, Xi said he had exchanged views with a wide range of leaders and entrepreneurs in Australia during his trip, reaching comprehensive consensus on deepening cooperation on politics, trade, science and technology, education and tourism.

Earlier this month, Bryce herself had paid a visit to China, attending the ceremony of "Australian Pavilion Day" at the Shanghai Expo and hosting the opening ceremony for "Australian Culture Year."

Xi said such moves showed the Governor-General attaches great importance to developing relations with China.



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