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Morning News: China calls for closer cooperation with Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison shakes hands with Premier of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang (AAP) Source: AAP

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has reached out to Prime Minister Scott Morrison at their bilateral meeting, reconfirming the strong ties between the two countries.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Premier Li has called for tighter co-operation with Australia in the face of downward economic pressure and a "complex international situation".

Despite various tensions between the two nations, Premier Li said they shared "extensive common interests" in economic and trade issues.

He met with the prime minister during a bilateral meeting in Thailand on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit.

Premier Li said there was a "solid foundation" and "strong potential" for co-operation with Australia.

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