Anthony Albanese confirms Chinese Premier Li Qiang will visit Australia within days

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Anthony Albanese will host Chinese Premier Li Qiang next week in a four-day visit, which the Prime Minister says is an opportunity to continue to build relations with Australia's biggest trading partner.

This is the second visit from a senior Chinese official to Australia this year, after China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit in March.

Mr Albanese and Mr Li will have lunch at an Adelaide winery, with Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Trade Minister Don Farrell and wine industry leaders just months after a contentious ban was lifted.

'Premier Li Qiang's visit to Australia is an important opportunity to engage directly on key issues for both our nations,' Mr Albanese said.

'China is Australia's largest trading partner and our economic relationship continues to bring substantial benefits to both our countries.'

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed that Chinese Premier Li Qiang will arrive in Australia within days. Pictured are the pair meeting in China late last year

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed that Chinese Premier Li Qiang will arrive in Australia within days. Pictured are the pair meeting in China late last year

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The lunch at the winery follows Beijing's decision to lift crippling sanctions on Australian wine in March.

Last week, China also lifted sanctions on exports from five Australian meat processing facilities in NSW and Queensland.

An unofficial ban on live lobster imports is expected to be a key topic of discussion among leaders.

Premier Li will arrive in Australia on Saturday where he first will visit Adelaide Zoo, which homes the only two giant pandas in the southern hemisphere.

Mr Albanese will meet with President Xi Jinping's second-in-command for an official leaders meeting in Canberra next Monday.

When asked if he would use the upcoming meeting to call for the zoo attractions to remain in Australia, Mr Albanese said that his government was 'pro-panda.'

'We like panda bears and so do Australians so... There's been no announcement on that, but I think the presence of those pandas at Adelaide up to now has brought a great deal of joy,' he said.

Premier Li will visit the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo (pictured) as part of his visit Down Under

Premier Li will visit the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo (pictured) as part of his visit Down Under

Premier Li will then travel to Perth for a business roundtable and visit to a Chinese-owned lithium plant.

Mr Albanese will also raise an incident in which a Chinese fighter dropped flares near an Australian navy helicopter in May

'It was dangerous and should not have happened. It will not happen again. So we will certainly be putting that forward,' he told reporters in Canberra.

During talks Mr Albanese will also press Premier Li over the suspended death sentence China handed to Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun in February.

Mr Albanese became the first Australian prime minister to visit China since 2016 after he flew to Beijing in November. He's pictured with Chinese Premier Li Qiang

Mr Albanese became the first Australian prime minister to visit China since 2016 after he flew to Beijing in November. He's pictured with Chinese Premier Li Qiang

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