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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—CHINA AND TAIWAN

Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator Hutchins, amended general business notice of motion no. 848 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) welcomes the signing of various bilateral agreements between China and Taiwan, including on direct flights, maritime shipping, linking postal services, food security, financial services and cooperation in telecommunications, agreed to since May 2008;

 (b) recognises the continuing improvement in relations between China and Taiwan is conducive to the long-term rapprochement between these communities and will have a positive effect on the stability and security of the Asia-Pacific region; and

 (c) encourages both sides of the Taiwan Strait to further enhance dialogue, practical cooperation and confidence-building, including a cooperative approach towards providing increased opportunities for Taiwanese participation in international forums and global policy dialogue, especially concerning international aviation and climate change.

Question put and passed.