Today I met with China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, at the conclusion of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bali.
I welcome our discussion on issues of concern between our two countries - as well as the prosperity, security and stability of the region.
We spoke frankly and listened carefully to each other’s priorities and concerns.
I raised Australia’s concerns about a range of bilateral, regional, trade and consular issues.
Australia and China have gained much through the strength of our economic and people-to-people ties.
We have our differences, but it is in both our countries’ interests for the relationship to be stabilised.
The Australian Government will always seek to resolve issues calmly and consistently under our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and in accordance with our national interests.
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