China energy engagement

During Premier Li Keiqang's visit to Australia in March 2017, Australia and China agreed to establish a Ministerial Energy Dialogue. The meeting will be held annually between the Australian Minister for the Environment and Energy and the Administrator of China’s National Energy Administration. The date for the first Ministerial Energy Dialogue is yet to be confirmed.

In addition, there is an officials-level forum for Australia and China to discuss bilateral engagement on energy and resources issues, known as the Australia-China Bilateral Dialogue for Energy and Resources Cooperation (BDERC).

The BDERC was established in 2000 with the aim to:

  • facilitate the exchange of information to gain a mutual understanding of energy and resources policies and issues in respective countries
  • promote trade and investment to enhance bilateral cooperation

The eighth meeting of the Bilateral Dialogue was held in Beijing in February 2017 with a strong Australian delegation comprising of state and federal government, research and industry representatives.

BDERC discussions include:

  • an overview of Chinese and Australian energy and resources policy developments
  • energy market reform
  • renewable energy technology
  • energy and resources trade and investment.

Next meeting

The next BDERC meeting is expected to be held in Australia (date TBC).

Contact us

For more information about Australia’s bilateral energy cooperation with China, or if you would like to participate in future meetings, please contact energy.international [at] environment.gov.au

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