|Wang Yi Meets at Request with Foreign Minister Marise Payne of Australia|
On September 24, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request with Foreign Minister Marise Payne of Australia on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Wang Yi expressed that China and Australia are Asia-Pacific neighbors and the two countries have established comprehensive strategic partnership. China and Australia are highly complementary to each other in economy, and both sides support multilateralism, free trade and peaceful settlement of disputes. The common ground between the two sides far outweighs their differences. China has noticed that the new Australian government has expressed its willingness to adopt active policies towards China. It is hoped that this will help China-Australia relations learn from the past lessons and return to the track of healthy development. I have noticed that Ms. Foreign Minister said that the Australian government will stick to upholding the one-China policy, which reflects the Australian side's respect for China's core interests. On the basis of mutual respect, the Chinese side is willing to rebuild mutual trust with the Australian side, expand common interests on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, properly manage differences and promote China-Australia relations to move forward along the right track.
Wang Yi noted that the normal development of China's relations with the South Pacific island countries does not affect the relations between these countries and other countries. The cooperation between the Chinese side and the South Pacific island countries is transparent and open. China and Australia do not have conflicts in the South Pacific affairs. We are willing to work with the Australian side to conduct trilateral cooperation based on the needs of the South Pacific island countries to help these countries achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals at an early date.
Marise Payne said that Australia and China are important neighbors to each other, and both sides share extensive common interests while also face some common challenges in the region. There have been some problems in Australia-China relations, but the two sides have more cooperation needs. Both Australia and China are in favor of multilateralism. Australia will adhere to the one-China policy. The new Australian government stands ready to actively explore new ways to deepen Australia-China relations on the basis of mutual respect. The Australian side also attaches importance to the construction of the Belt Road Initiative advocated by the Chinese side. The Australian side is ready to strengthen communication and cooperation with the Chinese side on the bilateral, regional and global multilateral agendas through constructive dialogues, and properly manage differences between the two countries, in a bid to promote the sustainable development of Australia-China relations.