Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit Beijing from 2 to 5 December 2014 to participate in the inaugural High-Level Dialogue (HLD). 

He will be the first Australian Government minister to visit China since the conclusion of negotiations for the landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

Mr Robb said the timing of the HLD could not be better and that Australia would be represented by a high-calibre group including former Treasurer Peter Costello, who will co-chair the meeting with China’s former Foreign Minister, Mr Li Zhaoxing.

“The Dialogue takes place during a high water mark for Australia-China relations, following the successful visit to Australia by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the conclusion of ChAFTA negotiations,” Mr Robb said.

“This will prove a transformative agreement which will open all sorts of doors for business on both sides, and it is a most appropriate time to be discussing the future potential of our relationship.”

The HLD is a new mechanism for engaging with China that resulted from an agreement by the Prime Minister and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the Prime Minister’s April visit to China. 

It involves around 40 high-level delegates from both countries, will cover political and strategic matters, economic policies, international and regional engagement, and social and cultural developments.

Australia’s delegation consists of leaders from diverse sectors such as business, academia, media, sport and science.

“It’s a further demonstration of the commitment both sides have to the bilateral relationship and will facilitate a frank exchange of views on a range of relevant issues,” Mr Robb said.

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