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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Penny Wong of Australia
2022-09-24 10:30

On September 22, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi said, we met two months ago in Bali. The both sides stressed the importance of China-Australia relations, reaffirmed the positioning of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, and shared the view that we should follow the spirit of mutual respect to steer bilateral relations back on the right track as early as possible. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. "At fifty, one knows where his goal of life is headed." Having undergone changes over the past half century, bilateral relations should become more mature, stable, and resilient, and this serves the two sides' interests and the two peoples' expectations. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the Australian side to seriously take stock of experience, properly manage differences, and steer the sound and steady development of bilateral relations.

Penny Wong said that Australia stands ready to work with China to develop a stable, mutually-beneficial and productive relationship on the basis of mutual respect. The Australian side stands ready to take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to uphold a calm and forward-looking attitude, and have candid communication and constructive exchanges with the Chinese side, to advance the Australia-China comprehensive strategic partnership. Australia respects the system of international law based on the UN Charter, is committed to the one-China policy, and does not support "Taiwan independence". The Australia-China trade benefits both sides, and Australia hopes to maintain an open international trading system.

Wang Yi expressed, the Chinese side appreciates the Australian side for reaffirming its commitment to the one-China policy. The two sides should meet each other halfway, uphold a more positive mindset, send more positive signals, tell more stories of win-win cooperation, and carry out more people-to-people and cultural exchanges and exchanges at sub-national levels, to create a favorable environment for the sound development of China-Australia relations. Wang Yi stressed, the Chinese side firmly supports trade liberalization and facilitation, and is committed to fostering an economic system of opening-up of higher standards, and building an open world economy. All parties should carry forward the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, abide by international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and play the central role of the United Nations.

Wang Yi also expounded on China's principled position on issues related to Ukraine, the South China Sea, and Xinjiang, among others.

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