Australia, China agree to renew dialogue

(VOVWORLD) -Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang on Monday witnessed the signing of a range of bilateral arrangements that will renew dialogue and strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

At the reception for Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Canberra for their Annual Leaders’ Meeting, Albanese welcomed the resumption of cooperation on climate change through an updated Memorandum of Understanding, which provides a framework to deepen dialogue on the vital issue. Australia will host the next Australia-China Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change later this year.

As Australia’s goods and services exports to China have more than doubled since the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement came into force in 2015, ministers of both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen its implementation.

A Memorandum of Understanding on their Strategic Economic Dialogue will move discussions forward on economic policy issues and bilateral economic cooperation.

The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Education and Research Cooperation and agreed to strengthen collaboration in arts and culture through the 15th Implementation Program under the 1981 Agreement on Cultural Cooperation.