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Trade Minister visit to Japan

30 May 2012

Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson with Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade, Industry and Tourism Minister Yukio Edano in Tokyo. The two met for wide-ranging talks on the Australia-Japan relationship.

» Media release: Emerson in Japan for Trade Talks

Foreign Minister Bob Carr meets Thai Foreign Minister in Canberra

28 May 2012

Senator Carr met Thai Foreign Minister HE Mr Surapong Towijakchaikul in the margins of the visit to Australia by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck.

Australia's relationship with Thailand is stronger than ever as we celebrate this year's 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr delivered the keynote address at a reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Australian-European Union relations.

50th Anniversary of Australian-European Union relations

24 May 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr delivered the keynote address at a reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Australian-European Union relations.

Senator Carr said Australia's relationship with the EU has matured into a broad-based and forward-looking partnership.

Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson addresses the media following a meeting of OECD trade ministers hosted by Dr Emerson in Paris. He is flanked by Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (left), and Ron Kirk, US Trade Representative (right).

Trade Minister at OECD meeting

24 May 2012

Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson addresses the media following a meeting of OECD trade ministers hosted by Dr Emerson in Paris. He is flanked by Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (left), and Ron Kirk, US Trade Representative (right).

Media release: Trade Minister at OECD meeting

Latin America DownUnder Conference

23 May 2012

On 23 May, Senator Carr outlined the growth and future of Australia-Latin America relations at the inaugural Latin American DownUnder Conference in Sydney.

Speech: Latin America DownUnder Conference

The Council on Australia Latin America Relations

About the Latin America DownUnder Conference

Australia and Malaysia sign free trade agreement

22 May 2012

Trade Minister Craig Emerson exchanges copies of the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement with Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Media release: Australia and Malaysia sign free trade agreement

About the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Visit to Solomon Islands

18 May 2012

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, visited the Pacific Arts Festival village in Honiara 18 May to see venue preparations for the July festival.

Australia is funding eight volunteers to support Solomon Islands host the Festival of Pacific Arts.

Photo gallery: Visit to Solomon Islands, May 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr meets Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang at Zhongnanhai in Beijing on 15 May.

Visit to Japan

17 May 2012

During his visit to Japan Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Mr Koichiro Gemba, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, sign the Australia-Japan Information Security Agreement.

Media release: Foreign Minister to visit China and Japan

Foreign Minister Bob Carr meets Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang at Zhongnanhai in Beijing on 15 May.

Visit to Beijing

15 May 2012

On 15 May, his final day in Beijing, Senator Carr met with Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang at Zhongnanhai.

Senator Carr later travelled to the Liaoning provincial capital of Shenyang, where he met with Liaoning Governor Chen Zhenggao and Zeng Wei, the Communist Party Secretary of Shenyang Municipality.

Media release: Visit to Beijing

Foreign Minister Bob Carr with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, in Beijing on 14 May 2012.

Visit to Beijing

14 May 2012

Senator Carr travelled to Beijing and met his counterpart, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, on Monday. They discussed the Australia-China bilateral relationship as well as other regional and global issues.

Senator Carr also met Minister Wang of the Chinese Communist Party's International Department, and Lt. General Wei Fenghe, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army.

Visit to Shanghai

12 May 2012

Senator Carr is on his first visit to China as Foreign Minister.

He will meet Chinese Government officials and Australian business representatives in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenyang.

In Shanghai, he met Vice-Mayor Tu Guangshao to discuss the vibrant relationship between Australia and this important Chinese commercial centre.

Media release: Foreign Minister to visit China and Japan

Budget 2012-2013

8 May 2012

2012-13 International Development Assistance Budget

Australia's four year plan to help the world's poorest

Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio Budget

Portfolio Budget Statements

Further details: www.budget.gov.au

Mr Marles meets the Suriname Minister for Foreign Affairs (and current Chair of COFCOR), HE Winston Lackin

Marles attends the annual meeting of CARICOM

4 May 2012

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles addressed the annual meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers during his visit to Suriname.

Media release: Marles visiting the Caribbean

Speech: Australia's Address to the Caribbean Community council for foreign and community relations (COFCOR)

Mr Marles meets the Suriname Minister for Foreign Affairs (and current Chair of COFCOR), HE Winston Lackin

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