AsianetApril 10, 2013 16:47
Australia has taken advantage of China's leadership change to seal a historic deal that lifts 40 years of diplomatic relations with the Asian giant to a new level, the Australian Associated Press reports.
Under the agreement signed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and China's new Premier Li Keqiang, three types of annual "strategic dialogue" will be held between prime ministers, foreign ministers, and economic ministers.
"This is a great step forward," Gillard said at the start of the inaugural leaders' meeting in the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.
Premier Li said at