Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has written an opinion piece about the importance of productive engagement with China.

A week before Australia hosts Chinese Premier Li Qiang - the first visit by a Chinese Premier since 2017 - Albanese outlines his approach towards China: cooperation where possible, disagreement where necessary, and engagement in the national interest. 

In an article for The Australian, Albanese said he is committed to bolstering Australia's national defence and international diplomacy. 

Premier Li will visit Parliament House in Canberra and participate in a CEO roundtable in Perth. The event is also intended to highlight the progress made in trade relations. 

Albanese noted in his opinion piece that trade impediments imposed by China have previously cost Australian exporters over $20 billion annually. However, he says the situation has improved, and Australian products such as cotton, copper, coal, and wine are now being sold to China again. 

The Prime Minister stressed that trade supports one in four Australian jobs and accounts for one-third of the nation's economic output.

China remains Australia's largest trading partner, with Australian resources playing a role in China's economic growth and regional transformation.

Looking ahead, Albanese said his government aims to cater to the global demand for critical minerals and rare earths, essential for achieving net zero emissions. He sees this as an opportunity for Australia to create high-paying jobs in processing, refining, and manufacturing.

Albanese also highlighted the role of Australia's multicultural society, including the contributions of over one million Chinese-Australians.