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Backgrounder: Major events in Sino-Australian relations

06-18-2010 17:10 BJT Special Report: Xi Jinping Visits Four Nations |

BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive in Melbourne Saturday for his visit to the Commonwealth of Australia.

Since China and Australia forged diplomatic ties on Dec. 12, 1972, their bilateral relations have developed steadily with frequent high-level exchanges and cooperation in various fields. The following is a chronology of major events in Sino-Australian relations since 1985:

In April 1985, Hu Yaobang, secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), paid a visit to Australia.

In May 1986, Australian Prime Minister Robert Hawke visited China.

In November 1988, Chinese Premier Li Peng visited Australia and held talks with Australian Governor-General Ninian Stephen and Prime Minister Hawke.

In June 1993, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating visited China and held talks with senior Chinese officials.

In April 1994, Australian Governor-General William Hayden visited China.

In March 1997, Australian Prime Minister John Howard visited China and held talks with Chinese officials on promoting bilateral cooperation.

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