Australian PM to go to China in November to satisfy with Xi

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
| Photograph Credit score: REUTERS

Australia’s Prime Minister will go to China in early November to satisfy President Xi Jinping, Canberra confirmed Sunday, as the 2 buying and selling companions work to restore a once-frosty relationship.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese locked within the journey — from November 4 to November 7 — after China agreed to droop a festering World Commerce Organisation dispute sparked by hefty tariffs on Australian wine.

“I sit up for visiting China, an essential step in direction of making certain a secure and productive relationship,” Mr. Albanese stated in a press release.

“I welcome the progress we have now made to return Australian merchandise, together with Australian wine, to the Chinese language market.”

China slapped hefty tariffs on key Australian exports similar to barley, beef and wine in 2020, flexing its financial muscle on the peak of a bitter dispute with Australia’s former conservative authorities.

However many of those boundaries have been slowly wound again as Australia’s centre-left authorities — elected in Could final yr — has adopted a much less confrontational method.

There has additionally been progress on diplomatic fronts, with China earlier this month agreeing to free Australian journalist Cheng Lei, who was detained for greater than three years on murky espionage expenses.

Mr. Albanese’s journey could be the primary to China by an Australian Prime Minister since 2016.

“I sit up for partaking with President Xi and Premier Li in Australia’s nationwide curiosity,” Mr. Albanese added.

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