| 6 December 2023, Wednesday |

Australia’s Albanese, in China, seeks dialogue, cooperation

During Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s first visit to China by a leader of his country in seven years, he expressed on Sunday that having a bilateral relationship with dialogue and cooperation was “in the best interests of all.”
Australia will continue to work constructively with China, he said in a short speech at the annual China International Import Expo in Shanghai, which was opened by Premier Li Qiang.
Albanese is the first Australian leader to visit China since 2016, part of an effort to patch up relations that had deteriorated over several years due to disputes over Chinese telecoms firm Huawei, espionage, and COVID-19.
Before leaving Australia on Saturday, he said his much-anticipated visit to meet with President Xi Jinping and Li marked a “very positive step” in stabilising strained bilateral ties.

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