/ 08 September 2023

Getting back in the groove

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

The Australia-China relationship is officially out of the freezer with PM Anthony Albanese confirming he’s heading to Beijing this year. The trip will be the first for an Aussie PM since 2016 – and it will also mark 50 years since Gough Whitlam’s historic visit to establish diplomatic ties. It’s been a turbulent few years in the relationship – but there’s been a turning of the page since the change of government. The PM was issued an official invite in his meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Indonesia yesterday and confirmed they’d canvassed tricky issues like the detention of journalist Cheng Lei and writer Yang Hengjun. Albanese is now in the Philippines before moving on to the G20 summit in India over the weekend. President Xi won’t attend that leaders get-together in what some diplomats say is a snub to India and the West.

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