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China: Australia should look beyond the nations' differences

AP  |  Beijing 

A senior Chinese official says hopes will continue to look beyond the countries' ideological differences and focus on bilateral business ties and other forms of cooperation.

Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang was responding to comments by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that can reach its full economic potential only if it embraces democracy.

Zheng told journalists today that and its largest trading partner had "gone beyond our ideological differences." He said hopes that will "continue to uphold this spirit."

Chinese Li Keqiang visits Australia and beginning tomorrow. Zheng said China hopes to enhance agreements with both nations and promote cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

Zheng said China wishes to "make China-Australia business cooperation more diverse and more sustainable.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 12:13 IST