The Chinese premier will seek to carve out a spot for Australia on Beijing's new silk road map - a mammoth infrastructure building plan - during his official visit.

Li Keqiang and his wife will arrive in Canberra late on Wednesday night and will be accompanied by a business delegation. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will host a special lunch for Mr Li in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Thursday before bilateral talks on Friday. Mr Turnbull flagged…