Official bilateral relations
Australia established diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China in 1972. Since then, both governments have been building relations and strengthening cooperation on important shared interests.
In 2014, Australia and China agreed to elevate the relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. In 2015, they signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, paving the way for the strong commercial relationship that continues to benefit both countries today.
Despite differences in politics, cultures, societies and histories, the relationship has delivered significant benefits to both countries. Today, the Australia-China relationship covers a broad spectrum of cooperation and collaboration across government, business and between our two peoples.