On February 7, 2017 local time, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia met in Canberra with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Malcolm Turnbull asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings and best wishes to Chinese leaders. Malcolm Turnbull noted that Australia highly appreciates the important speech delivered by President Xi Jinping at the recent World Economic Forum held in Davos. As firm advocate and beneficiary of the free trade, Australia will firmly oppose protectionism of any forms together with China, which also conforms to the common interests of Australia and China as well as the world at large. Australia and China now maintain a sound relationship and have yielded fruitful results from bilateral cooperation. He sincerely looks forward to keeping close high-level exchanges with China, deepening bilateral economic and trade cooperation, and continuously pushing Australia-China comprehensive strategic partnership to new highs.
Wang Yi conveyed warm greetings from Chinese leaders to Malcolm Turnbull. Wang Yi said that he and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop held a successful diplomatic and strategic dialogue, during which they reached an important consensus that China and Australia, as two important and responsible nations, should jointly send a clear message to the world to build an open world economy, safeguard the international trade mechanism and reject trade protectionism. Against the current international situation, it is of vital and positive significance for China and Australia to maintain high-level exchanges and reinforce dialogues and cooperation in bilateral and multilateral occasions. China is ready to join efforts with Australia to earnestly implement the consensus reached by leaders of both countries on China-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership, promote bilateral economic and trade cooperation to transit from “mining boom” towards “free trade prosperity”, accelerate the docking of respective development strategies, and intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to lift bilateral relations to a new high.