Australian PM's visit to China will enhance trust and promote cooperation: Chinese Ambassador to Australia

12:50, April 24, 2011      

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By Cao Yang, Vienna Ma

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday will start her first visit to China as prime minister. Her visit aims to deepen mutual understanding and trust between the two countries, and to seek new cooperation opportunities with China, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Chen Yuming told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview.

According to Chen, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet with Gillard during the visit, while Premier Wen will hold talks with Gillard.

Together with other Chinese leaders, Gillard will attend two important business symposium, China-Australia economic forum and other activities. She will also make contacts with the Chinese science and education sectors.

"The visit will play an important role to promote exchange and cooperation between China and Australia, as well as to further deepen Australia's understanding of China," he told Xinhua reporters.

Chen said Gillard's visit to China is crucial because: First of all, maintaining close contacts between the leaders of China and Australia will play an important role in promoting mutual understanding, political mutual trust, and deepen all-round cooperation between the two countries.

Secondly, China has approved the implementation of the 12th Five-Year Plan shortly before Gillard's arrival. Chen said the 12th Five-Year Plan is not only a blueprint for the development of China, but will also provide opportunities for Sino-Australian cooperation.

"In recent years, economic exchanges between the two countries have been closer, and such exchanges and cooperation have helped both nations walk out of the global financial crisis shadows, achieving rapid economic recovery and development," Chen said, adding that Chinese leader will explain the concept of the 12th Five-Year Plan to Gillard, in a move to seek new opportunities for cooperation.

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