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China envoy talks up value of mutual trust

AAP logoAAP 29/09/2016 Lisa Martin

Beijing's envoy to Canberra has emphasised the importance of "mutual trust" as the Chinese-Australian relationship strengthens and navigates bumps in the road.

In a speech to mark the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, ambassador Cheng Jingye reflected on the broad public support of Sino-Australian ties.

"There is no denial our two countries do have some disagreements," he told Australian officials and foreign diplomats during a reception at the Chinese Embassy in Canberra.

"But overall the relationship is on solid ground based on shared interests."

Mr Cheng said as long as both countries followed the principle of "mutual trust and mutual benefit" bilateral relations would be on the right course and co-operation would deepen.

He praised the Chinese diaspora in Australia for acting as a bridge for stronger ties.

Mr Cheng also touched on the story of Jack Ma, the chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba, who stayed with his Australian penpal's family in Newcastle during the 1980s.

The visit had helped open his eyes to the world and changed his life.

Back then it was difficult for Chinese people to get a visa to visit Australia but now more than a million come each year.

Alibaba signed a deal with Austrade during the recent G20 summit in China.

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