Cheers to China
The US isn’t the only trip PM Albanese’s got in the diary… Yesterday, details of his highly-anticipated trip to China were announced – he’ll be in Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping between 4-7 November. It’ll be the first time an Aussie leader has visited China since 2016, and it marks the 50th anniversary of Labor luminary Gough Whitlam’s trip in 1973 when he became the first Aussie PM to visit. The breakthrough comes after efforts to improve the Oz-China relationship have led to some recent breakthroughs… Aussie journalist Cheng Lei was released from prison and is back in Oz. And yesterday, Chinese officials said they’ll review the tariffs on Australian wine. Australian wine exports to China were worth $1.2 billion when the tariffs of up to 220% were imposed in 2020 – today, it’s $8 million.
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