China, Australia agree to turn the page as tensions ease

China, Australia agree to turn the page as tensions ease

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and China’s President Xi Jinping held a bilateral meeting during the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia. Xi emphasized the importance of stable ties between China and Australia and the need to expand cooperation. Albanese expressed his belief that a strong relationship between the two countries would be beneficial in the future.

The relationship between China and Australia has traditionally been built on trade, with China being Australia’s largest commercial partner. However, tensions arose when Australia accused China of interfering in its politics in 2017 and subsequently banned Huawei from its 5G network. The relationship further deteriorated when Australia called for an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19, leading to trade blocks from China and warnings against Chinese students studying in Australia.

Despite these challenges, Albanese has taken steps to stabilize relations since becoming prime minister. He met with Xi Jinping in November 2022 and discussed the importance of unimpeded trade between the two countries. China has since lowered trade barriers and made concessions on imports of coal, barley, and wine from Australia.

The meeting between Albanese and Xi Jinping was described as “very positive,” and Albanese extended an invitation for Xi to visit Australia. Both leaders acknowledged the existence of differences but emphasized the mutual benefits of their relationship.

However, obstacles remain in the China-Australia relationship. Australia’s support for a U.N. ruling rejecting China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea has angered Beijing. Additionally, China’s projection of power in the Pacific and Australia’s security alliance with the United States and Britain have raised concerns for China.

During the meeting, Albanese also raised the case of Australian writer Yang Hengjun, who has been jailed in Beijing on espionage charges for four years.

Overall, the meeting between Albanese and Xi Jinping signaled a willingness to move past recent tensions and work towards a more stable and cooperative relationship between China and Australia.

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