The Australian Government has moved a step closer to strengthening legal cooperation with China.
Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland met this week with the Chinese Minister for Justice, Madam Wu Aiying, in Canberra to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on legal cooperation.
The MoU updates a previous agreement, signed in 1984, and McClelland said he hopes it will improve understanding across the law and justice sectors in both Australia and China.
"The MoU is a clear expression of the importance both Australia and the People's Republic of China place on maintaining an enduring relationship across the law and justice sector," McClelland said.
"The Australian legal and justice sector places a great degree of importance on its relationship with China. The MoU provides a framework for future engagement between China and Australia across the legal sector."
The MoU facilitates the exchange of materials concerning the laws, legal systems and legal institutions of each country; the exchange of visits, including by ministers, officials, the judiciary, legal practitioners, legislative drafters, legal advisers, academics and law students. The development and implementation of education and training initiatives and cooperation between members of the legal profession in both countries are also included in the MoU.