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Efforts to improve relations… the first visit by an Australian minister to China since 2019

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Monday that Foreign Minister Penny Wong will visit China this week, signaling an improvement in diplomatic relations between Beijing and Canberra.

Wong will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and they will hold the sixth Australian-China Foreign Relations and Strategic Dialogue, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on Wednesday.

This will be the first visit by an Australian minister to Beijing since 2019, with Albanese stressing in a statement that “Australia seeks a stable relationship with China.”

Diplomatic relations between Australia and its main trading partner China have deteriorated in recent years, as Beijing imposed sanctions on Australian exports after Canberra called for an international investigation into the origins of the Corona pandemic.

Beijing has also been angered by the previous Liberal government in Canberra, which effectively banned Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from Australia’s 5G network.

A meeting between Albanese and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali last month signaled an improvement in relations, despite continued Chinese trade sanctions.

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