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Labor welcomes Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Australia



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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

LABOR WELCOMES CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG TO AUSTRALIA

The Opposition was today pleased to meet with Premier Li and his delegation during his visit to Australia.

Premier Li’s visit today is a historic occasion -- Li Keqiang last visited Australia as Vice-Premier in 2009, and the last visit by a Chinese Premier to Australia was 11 years ago.

Labor has a proud history of advancing the Australia-China relationship. It was the historic visit in July 1971 by then Opposition leader, Gough Whitlam that led the way for the warm diplomatic relationship we enjoy today.

The Premier’s visit comes at an important time for China, when China’s place in the world is changing and China is making increasing and important contributions to global institutions.

As Premier Li said earlier today In today’s world, it is a village, it is a community of shared future. We need to work together to maintain peace in our region and in the world.

Australia and China share the embrace of friendship and the common purpose of partnership. Building economic ties and breaking down barriers to trade. Working together on a range of critical global issues including tackling the global threat of climate change, engaging on regional security challenges, and combatting transnational crime.

We share a region in which we both have a stake and an interest in maintaining peace and stability, with respect for each other and for international treaties and norms.

THURSDAY, 23 MARCH 2017

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