China’s top general heads to Sydney for defence talks

“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,” Mr Moriarty said.

General Li Zuocheng, left. It is unusual for Defence to announce the presence of PLA military chiefs ahead of the talks. 

General Campbell said the dialogue was important for building trust and understanding between the two militaries.

Despite several years of diplomatic strains between Canberra and Beijing, defence co-operation has continued between the two militaries, with a Chinese frigate participating in multilateral exercises off Darwin last year.

However, Chinese vessels have shadowed Australian warships operating in the South China Sea, while policymakers in Canberra are alarmed by the possibility of Beijing establishing a military presence in the South Pacific.

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