China Provides Further Details for Foreign Minister’s Australia Trip

China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry released a statement on March 14th that Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi will visit Australia and New Zealand from March 17th to 21st.

The statement provided additional details regarding Wang’s trip to Australia, with him holding the China-Australia Foreign and Strategic Dialogue with his Australian counterpart, Penny Wong.

The Ministry’s spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, also answered a question concerning the minister’s upcoming visit during the daily press conference. Wang stated that “this year marks the 10th anniversary of President Xi Jinping’s state visit to New Zealand and Australia.” He also noted that 2024 is also the 10th anniversary of China signing comprehensive strategic partnerships with the two countries.

Wang also pointed out that the visit will be the first time in seven years that the minister will travel to Australia and New Zealand.

He also said that Wang will meet with New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters in addition to Wong and other leaders. Both sides will discuss bilateral relations along with “international and regional issues of mutual interest.”