Senior Australian Defence officials will host their Chinese counterparts at the 22nd Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue as the region continues to adapt to the emerging power’s rise.
Held since 1997, the annual Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue is the peak forum for discussions between Australia’s Department of Defence and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
This year, China’s delegation will be led by Director of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission, General Li Zuocheng.
Australia will be represented by Department of Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty and the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC.
Moriarty said defence engagement with China serves as an important part of the broader Australia-China bilateral relationship.
"Regular meetings between defence officials offers both sides an opportunity to discuss a range of regional security matters in frank and open terms, including important issues such as peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and evolving regional dynamics," Moriarty said.
GEN Campbell said the dialogue builds trust and understanding between the militaries of Australia and China.
"Tomorrow we will discuss with General Li the many benefits our defence co-operation has brought throughout 2019 and how we look forward to continuing engagement into the future," Moriarty added.
The 23rd Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue will take place in China next year.