Australian state premier looks to expand ties during China, Vietnam visit

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-21 11:38:43|Editor: ZX
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SYDNEY, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Premier of the Australian state of Victoria Daniel Andrews will embark on a diplomatic mission to China and Vietnam this week, during which he will discuss his state's commitment to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

In October last year in his official capacity as state premier, Andrews signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China on the Belt and Road Initiative, becoming the first Australian state to do so.

The trip this week marks the premier's first official visit to Vietnam and the sixth official visit to China, amid a push to strengthen his state's engagement in the region.

"This trip will deepen ties with our neighboring region and help create opportunities for greater collaboration and investment, which means jobs for Victorians," Andrews said in a press release issued on Sunday.

The premier will meet with Chinese construction companies and investors in Beijing to discuss infrastructure plans.

Also on the agenda will be high-level discussions regarding the MoU on the Belt and Road Initiative.

"My sixth official visit to China will promote Victoria's record infrastructure pipeline, while building on the close relationship our state has with our biggest trading partner," said the premier.