Then Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) receives a bouquet at the airport in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 29, 2009. Li Keqiang began his official visit to Australia on Thursday.
BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is set to pay an official visit to Australia this week. The following pictures capture the highlights of the high-level exchagnes between China and Australia over the past decades.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) and then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott review the guard of honor at the welcoming ceremony before the annual talks between the two countries' government leaders, in Sanya City, south China's Hainan Province, April 9, 2014. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
Then Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (C) and then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L) appreciate the landscape of Beijing at the Beijing Hotel in Beijing, capital of China, April 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
Then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai meets with then Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Don Willesse in Beijing, on June 6, 1975.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during their meeting in Canberra, capital of Australia, Nov. 17, 2014. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan talk with then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (2nd L) and his wife Margie Abbott before departing from Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 19, 2014. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pet a Tasmanian devil after planting a tree with students of a primary school in Tasmania state, Australia, Nov. 18, 2014. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
Then Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) and his wife Liu Yongqing (3rd L) pose for photo with then Australian Prime Minister John Howard (2nd L) and his wife Janette (1st L), then Australia's Governor-General, Michael Jeffery (3rd R) and his wife Marlena Jeffery (1st R) in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 22, 2003. (Xinhua Photo/Yao Dawei)
Then Chinese President Hu Jintao (4th L) visits a rangeland in Canberra, capital of Australia, on Sept. 5, 2007. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)
Then Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C Front) visits the Hismelt Iron-Smelting Technology Project in Perth April 2, 2006. Wen arrived in Australia on April 1 for an official visit. (Xinhua Photo/Li Xueren)