Australia and China have reaffirmed and strengthened a long tradition of collaboration in Antarctic diplomacy, science, logistics and operations today during a visit from Chinese President Xi to Tasmania.

A bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recognising and deepening Australia’s and China’s Antarctic relationship was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Abbott and Chinese President Xi at an event in Hobart today.

Fittingly, the signing of the MOU was witnessed by Australian and Chinese expeditioners in Antarctica, via video link to Davis and Zhongshan stations.