Chinese premier to visit Australia and NZ this week

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced that Chinese Premier LI Qiang will visit Australia from Saturday until next Tuesday, the first such trip by a Chinese premier in 7 years.

Albanese and Premier Li will hold talks in Canberra concerning bilateral, regional and international issues. They will also meet with Australian and Chinese business leaders.

China removed anti-dumping tariffs on Australian wine in March. It lifted a ban on five Australian beef exporters nearly two weeks ago.

This is the second high-profile visit to Australia by a high-ranking Chinese official this year. Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited in March.
Though relations between the two nations appear to be improving, Australia is a member of a trilateral pact with the United States and Britain, a collective security framework called AUKUS. The group is widely seen as a response to China's increased maritime presence in the Pacific region.

Li will head to New Zealand prior to visiting Australia.
New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says Li's trip is a valuable opportunity for exchanges about cooperation between the two countries.