Chinese premier to make four-day visit to Australia

Andrew Brown |

Li Qiang will travel to Australia to meet with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Li Qiang will travel to Australia to meet with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang will travel to Australia for a four-day visit as the two countries aim to restabilise crucial trade ties.

China’s second-highest official will arrive in Australia on Saturday and will stay until June 18.

Premier Li will hold talks with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra as part of an annual leaders’ meeting of the two country, followed by a state lunch.

Li Qiang, Anthony Albanese
It will be the first visit to Australia by a Chinese premier for seven years. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS)

The Chinese premier will also travel to Adelaide and Perth as part of the visit, with both leaders taking part in the Australia-China CEO Roundtable.

It will be the first visit to Australia by a Chinese premier for seven years.

Mr Albanese said the visit would be a critical step to strengthening links between the two countries.

“Welcoming the Chinese premier to Australia is an opportunity for us to advance our interests by demonstrating our national values, our people’s qualities and our economy strengths,” Mr Albanese told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

“Australia continues to pursue a stable and direct relationship with China with dialogue at its core, our approach has been patient, calibrated and deliberate.”

It comes as China lifted trade sanctions on Australian beef producers following restrictions being in place since 2020.

Similar sanctions had been lifted on goods such as coal, wine, barley.

AAP