/ 12 June 2024

Roll out the pandas…

Image source: Adelaide Zoo
Image source: Adelaide Zoo

PM Anthony Albanese has finally confirmed the details of the much-anticipated visit of China’s Premier Li Qiang – it kicks off at Adelaide Zoo this Saturday where he’ll check in on Fu Ni and Wang Wang. It’s the first visit by a Chinese Premier in 7 years and the second trip from a senior Chinese official to Oz this year after Foreign Minister Wang Yi stopped by in March. Yesterday’s announcement follows months of speculation about Li’s tour, which Albanese says will be “an important opportunity to engage directly on key issues for both our nations”. Li will also head to Canberra on Monday for talks before continuing to Perth for discussions with business leaders. Lobsters look set to be high on the agenda, as an unofficial ban on the live Aussie crustaceans remains, but there’s hope it will be lifted after China’s beef ban ended last month.

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