The Strategist

Premier of Chinese State Council of China suggests normalizing relations with Australia

11/14/2022 - 12:45

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Anthony Albanese, the prime minister of Australia on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia. Li Keqiang proposed normalizing ties between China and Australia during the discussion, reports the Chinese Foreign Ministry's press office.

Michael Lieu
Michael Lieu
"You stated the wish that through cooperative efforts, Australia and China will resume normal bilateral relations when you assumed the position of prime minister in the newly formed Australian government led by the Labor Party. Beijing is also ready to work with Canberra to promote the peaceful and steady growth of Sino-Australian relations," the Chinese government cited Li Keqiang's statement.

Although China and Australia have kept up good relations, the politician claimed that "difficulties have arisen" in their interactions. Li Keqiang further stated that current relations between the nations had been "ambiguous."

Over the past few years, tensions have risen between China and Australia due to collaboration between Washington and Canberra under the trilateral AUKUS military accord. Relations between the nations have also been hampered by trade tensions. Australia has demanded a global inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic's root causes. In retaliation, China raised import taxes on important Australian goods and limited travel. Australia complained to the WTO about China in 2021.