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Media Release: Australian Foreign Minister's visit to Japan and China

15 Feb 2016 9:00 AM | ANZCCJ (Administrator)

Media release

14 February 2016

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Julie Bishop will visit Japan and China from 15 to 19 February to further deepen and broaden Australia’s relationships with two of our most important partners and progress our economic, political and strategic interests.

Minister Bishop said "We have a special strategic partnership with Japan and I will be discussing a range of regional issues including our response to the ongoing, provocative and dangerous conduct of the North Korean regime".

In Tokyo Minister Bishop will hold talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and plans to meet with Defence Minister Gen Nakatani as well as other senior Ministers. She will also join key stakeholders in the Australia-Japan bilateral relationship to mark the 40th anniversary of the Australia-Japan Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and will meet with business leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen our strong trade and investment relationship.

In China, Minister Bishipo will co-chair the Annual Foreign and Strategic Dialogue with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.  "The Dialogue reflects our comprehensive strategic partnership with China and is an opportunity to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern, and take practical steps to strengthen our relationship".

The Minister will meet key Australian business figures in China and will also launch the New Colombo Plan in Beijing, highlighting the important role of the work experience component of the study program for Australian students which will build our economic and educational ties.

Media enquiries

  • Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555

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