Bilateral minerals and energy cooperation with China

The Australia-China Bilateral Dialogue for Resources Cooperation (Bilateral Dialogue) is a forum at which Australia and China discuss bilateral engagement on resources and energy related matters.

The Bilateral Dialogue was established in 2000 with the aim to:

  • facilitate the exchange of information to gain a mutual understanding of energy and mineral resource policies and issues in respective countries
  • promote trade and investment to enhance bilateral cooperation
  • stimulate bilateral commercial relationships for the benefit of Australia and China.

The fifth meeting of the Bilateral Dialogue was held in Sydney in December 2009. The meeting was held in conjunction with the third meeting of the China-Australia Joint Coordinating Group on Clean Coal Technology.

An important outcome of the 2009 discussions was a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism of Australia and the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China on ‘Strengthening Cooperation within the Field of Energy’, signed in 2010.

The sixth meeting of the Bilateral Dialogue was held in March 2012 in Beijing with a forty-strong Australian delegation of state and Commonwealth government, research organisations, university, business and industry representatives.

Bilateral Dialogue discussions included:

  • an overview of Chinese and Australian resources and energy policy developments
  • energy and minerals trade and investment
  • clean energy exchange and cooperation
  • renewable energy.

The next meeting is expected to be held in Australia in 2013.

More information

For more information about Australia’s bilateral cooperation with China, contact

For more information about Australia’s bilateral and mineral cooperation with other countries, see Bilateral Minerals and Energy Cooperation.

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