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China-Australia Ties Proceeding in ‘Right Direction,’ Xi Says

  • Relations between Canberra and Beijing have been improving
  • Hopes for trade thaw ahead of meeting by senior officials
Xi Jinping 

Xi Jinping 

Photographer: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping said relations between Australia and China are proceeding in “the right direction,” ahead of a meeting of top trade officials from the two countries expected to take place within months.

According to state-run news agency Xinhua, Xi sent a message to Governor General David Hurley to mark Australia Day. The Chinese leader said he attached “great importance to the development of relations between the two countries.”