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Chinese top political advisor meets Australian opposition leader


08:13, July 24, 2012

Jia Qinglin (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), shakes hands with Tony Abbott, leader of the Australian opposition Liberal Party of Australia in Beijing, capital of China, July 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese top political advisor Jia Qinglin met on Monday with Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said the past 40 years have seen increased high-level exchange of visits between the two countries, enhanced bilateral economic and trade cooperation and dynamic people-to-people and cultural exchange.

The two countries have also maintained close communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, Jia said.

At present, China has been the largest trading partner, import origin and export market of Australia. It has also been the largest source country of overseas students for Australia and largest inbound market in terms of tourism revenue.

"This has not only brought substantial benefits to the people of the two countries, but also promoted the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world as well," said Jia.

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