/ 22 November 2023

Re-entering murky waters…

Image source: Commonwealth of Australia
Image source: Commonwealth of Australia

It was just over a week ago that PM Anthony Albanese and Chinese President Xi Jinping were all smiles and handshakes… That already seems like a long time ago as Chinese officials accused Australia of “making trouble” with “rude and irresponsible” allegations over our Navy divers who were injured by a Chinese warship’s use of sonar pulses in international waters off Japan last week. That happened between Albanese and Xi’s meeting in Beijing and San Francisco, but the PM has declined to say whether he brought it up with Xi – he says it was raised “very clearly through all of the normal channels”. Coalition leader Peter Dutton reckons Albanese’s squibbed it – he says repairing ties cannot come at the cost of national security. But Albanese says his government will raise disagreements with China “where it must”. 

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