|Wen Jiabao Meets with Australian Prime Minister Howard|
On January 15, 2007, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Australian Prime Minister John Howard in
Wen recalled that both sides reached consensus on developing China-Australia comprehensive cooperation of mutual benefits in the 21st century last April and defined a range of objectives and tasks on deepening bilateral ties. Over the past half a year, with the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all areas have made lots of new progress and the relations between the two countries continue to show a good momentum of development. Facts prove that
Wen said both countries are in the Asia-Pacific region and share important responsibility of safeguarding regional peace and stability and promoting regional cooperation and development. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries and
The two leaders decided, through discussion, to set up a Sino-Australian working group on clean coal technology in order to promote effective utilization of coal resources and tackle the global problem of climate changes. They agreed to start concrete efforts in this area at the earliest date possible.
The two sides also exchanged views on the negotiations about the China-Australia Free Trade Zone.