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Chinese premier wraps up Australia trip with football match

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second left, is given a Sydney Swans' team scarf along with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, after the scarfs were thrown to them from a crowd member ahead of an Australian Rule Football League match between the Swans and the Port Adelaide at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Dean Lewins/AAP via AP )

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second left, is given a Sydney Swans' team scarf along with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, after the scarfs were thrown to them from a crowd member ahead of an Australian Rule Football League match between the Swans and the Port Adelaide at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Dean Lewins/AAP via AP )  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wave to members of the public as they walk along the Sydney Harbour foreshore in Sydney Saturday, March 25, 2017. (David Gray/AAP Image via AP)

    Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wave to members of the public as they walk along the Sydney Harbour foreshore in Sydney Saturday, March 25, 2017. (David Gray/AAP Image via AP)  (The Associated Press)

China's premier has attended an Australian football game with the country's prime minister as he wraps up a visit Down Under aimed at boosting bilateral ties and expanding trade between the two nations.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took a break from trade discussions on Saturday to kick back at an Australian Football League match in Sydney.

Turnbull and Li have spent the past several days speaking out against protectionism and touting the benefits of free trade at a time when President Donald Trump is proposing an "America First" overhaul of global trade.

China is Australia's biggest trading partner, with bilateral trade exceeding $107 billion and bilateral investment exceeding $100 billion.

On Sunday, Li flies to New Zealand.