Melbourne: Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has taken up the issue of human rights in Tibet and Xinjiang, the home to most of China's Uighur ethnic minority, with one of the country’s influential leaders.

The issue of human rights in Tibet and Xinjiang was raised during a meeting with Jia Qinglig, who is the fourth ranked Community Party leader, in Brisbane on Sunday, a
spokesperson on Monday said.

"They discussed human rights in China and, while noting the different systems in Australia and China, agreed to continue the dialogue between their governments on this issue," the spokesperson said.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard also raised human rights when she met Jia on Thursday. She is likely to visit China for the first time as Prime Minister later this month.

Rudd and Jia discussed Australian consular cases in China and agreed that these should be the subject of further discussions among officials."

The pair also discussed the two countries' economic relationship and broader shared interests.

Queensland's devastating floods also came up during the meeting.

 

(Agencies)