Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is in Australia for a five-day visit, in which he hopes to strengthen ties and discuss a proposal for an iron ore tax.
It is the first official high-level visit by a Chinese official since Australian national Stern Hu was jailed in March. Since that row however, free trade talks have resumed.
Dr. Peter Drysdale of East Asia Forum says that, combined with the visit of Li Keqiang (putative successor to Prime Minister Wen Jiabao) earlier in the year, the visit is "without precedent in terms of the extent and depth of engagement".
Drysdale continues, saying that "Mr Xi’s visit to Australia and his visits elsewhere are a measure of the huge increase in priority and attention that China’s leaders are according to the interaction of their country with the international community"
Xi will meet with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday.
Xi Jinping, Kevin Rudd hold talks in Canberra [Xinhua]
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping Comes to Canberra [East Asia Forum]
China's Xi hopes to strengthen ties with Australia [Channel NewsAsia]