President Hu Jintao was expected to begin a state visit
to Australia today. He is set to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) forum and wrap up energy and mineral resources
He was scheduled to arrive in Perth later today and attend a
banquet hosted by Western Australia's Premier Alan Carpenter.
He was due to meet Australian Governor-General Michael Jeffery,
in Canberra, tomorrow.
Hu will also see Australian Prime Minister John Howard and
discuss growing bilateral ties, plus sign agreements on trade,
justice and technology.
China has overtaken Japan as Australia's biggest trading
partner, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of
It said Australia's trade with China was worth US$41.4 billion
in the 12 months to July, while trade with Japan was US$40.7
It is the first time in 36 years Japan has failed to top the
list of Australia's trading partners.
At the APEC leaders' meeting in Sydney, Hu is expected to
outline an initiative on the sustainable management of forests, in
a bid to rein in climate change.
Another topic likely to be raised at the 15th economic leaders'
informal meeting includes restarting the stalled Doha Round of
global trade liberalization talks.
Hu is also expected to hold meetings on the sidelines of APEC
with leaders from the US, Russia and Japan.
Agencies quoted US President George W. Bush's adviser on Asia as
saying Bush is expected to re-affirm Washington's one-China policy
and its opposition to Taiwan joining the UN.
(China Daily September 3, 2007)