CANBERRA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping called here on Monday for more measures to boost the partnership between China and Australia.
During the talks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the Parliament House in Canberra, Xi said China has attached great importance to its relations with Australia and regarded Australia as a trust-worthy partner.
He said both sides should make full use of various chances to push forward the bilateral comprehensive cooperative relationship into a higher level.
The vice president thus put forward a five-point proposal on boosting the relationship, according to a press release issued by the Chinese delegation.
He said both sides should further increase mutual political trust and keep timely and close communication on bilateral relations and other important issues of common concern.
He also said both sides should expand and explore more substantial cooperation, adding that more efforts could be made on sustainable development cooperation, financial cooperation and two- way investment.
Xi said both sides should enhance people-to-people and cultural exchange, so as to increase mutual trust, expand consensus and deepen mutual understanding and friendship.
He also said both sides should properly handle some sensitive issues, adding that respecting and each other's key interest and major concerns is a vital basis to sustain the long-term healthy development of the China-Australia relations. He said the issues like Taiwan and Tibet are concerned with sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security, which are vital principled issues related to China's key interest.
China appreciates Australia's adherence to the one China principle and respect for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Xi noted.
He also said both sides should enhance communication and coordination on multilateral and global issues, so as to make more contribution to world peace and development.