- Title: China, Australia can cooperate in Pacific islands - China
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (NOVEMBER 8, 2018) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MARISE PAYNE AND CHINESE STATE COUNCILLOR AND FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE PAYNE AND WANG STANDING AT PODIUMS JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MARISE PAYNE, SAYING: "Of course our economic relationship goes from strength to strength, with two-way trade, direct investment, services and tourism numbers all at record highs. And we have very much reinforced the importance and the value of Chinese investment in Australia." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE STATE COUNCILLOR, WANG YI, SAYING: "China is happy to see South Pacific island states having more friends around the world. We are also happy to see the development of friendly ties and win-win cooperation between these South Pacific island countries, Australia, and China." JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MARISE PAYNE, SAYING: "We've talked about our bilateral relationship and how we take that forward. I am pleased to say that we discussed the many interests we have in common and agreed to work more closely on taking those forward in both bilateral, regional and global contexts. I think the scope of the issues that we have been able to discuss demonstrates the extent our shared interests outside the very obvious trade and investment sphere. We share a deep and abiding interest in the growth and prosperity of this region." JOURNALISTS SITTING PAYNE AND WANG SHAKING HANDS
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2018 07:13
- Keywords: Australian foreign minister Marise Payne Wang Yi Chinese foreign minister Pacific islands China Australia China Australia
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195N9SN9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China and Australia can fully cooperate in the Pacific islands, the Chinese government's top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi said on Thursday (November 8) following a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne in Beijing.
Payne said during a news conference with Wang on Thursday that Australia and China share an interest in regional growth and prosperity, and that her country welcomes Chinese investment.
Australia and China have been vying for influence in sparsely populated Pacific island countries that control vast swathes of resource-rich oceans.
Ties between the two countries have been strained since Australia accused China of meddling in its domestic affairs late last year. Payne's trip was the first Australian foreign minister visit in two years after bilateral relations soured, and is being seen in Australia as a bid by China to seek warmer ties with recently installed Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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