Chinese premier to visit Australia on June 15

Li Qiang’s visit to Australia will be extended from Saturday to Tuesday and is the first visit by a Chinese premier to Australia since 2017.
Chinese Premier Li Qiang
Chinese Premier Li QiangPhoto | Express

MELBOURNE: China’s Premier Li Qiang will visit Australia later this week, officials said on Tuesday.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang
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Li’s visit to Australia will be extended from Saturday to Tuesday and is the first visit by a Chinese premier to Australia since 2017.

"Premier Li Qiang’s visit is an important opportunity to engage directly on key issues for both nations. Australia continues to pursue a stable and direct relationship with China, with dialogue at its core, said Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in a statement.

Albanese and Li will hold an annual leaders’ meeting at Parliament House in the Australian capital Canberra, an Australian government statement said.

Li, the second most powerful official in China's leadership, will also visit the Australian cities of Adelaide and Perth.

Li’s visit follows Albanese’s visit to Beijing in November last year, where leaders agreed to resume key bilateral dialogues and to further several areas of cooperation.

China imposed a series of official and unofficial trade barriers that cost Australian exporters up to 20 billion Australian dollars ($13 billion) a year after Australia’s previous government demanded an international inquiry into the causes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of those barriers have been removed since Albanese’s government was elected in 2022.

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