– The beginning of a dissolution in relations between China and Australia
Chinese officials have congratulated the new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albany on his election. The first step in several months of diplomatic fighting between the two countries.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of congratulations to his new Australian envoy, Anthony Albanese, who launched a meltdown several months after the two countries had no official contact.
“The Chinese side is ready to look to the future (…) and work with the Australian side to enhance the healthy and sustainable development of their comprehensive strategic partnership,” Li Keqiang was quoted as saying on Monday evening. China Company. Relations between Beijing and Canberra have been at an all-time low since 2020, following Australia’s call for an independent inquiry into the outbreak of Govt-19 and the outbreak.
Australia excludes Chinese company Huawei from building its 5G telecommunications network. China, Australia’s largest trading partner, has retaliated by targeting a dozen Australian products, including coal, wine and barley. Mr Albanese, who took office on Monday, is in Tokyo to attend the Quad (US, India, Japan, Australia) summit, an informal group aimed primarily at countering Chinese influence in Asia. – Pacific.
In his first official statement on his country’s foreign policy on Monday, Anthony Albanese said Sino-Australian relations would be “tough”. “China has changed, not Australia, Australia must always be true to its values,” said the 59-year-old politician. Australia has expressed concern about Beijing’s growing influence in the Pacific region, especially in light of the recent defense deal between China and the Solomon Islands. It also includes a section authorizing the deployment of Chinese naval forces on these islands, less than 2,000 kilometers from Australia, under a leaked draft agreement.
Question about “new silk roads”
Chinese diplomat Wang Yi is expected to visit the Solomon Islands this week. “It is our largest trading partner, but like the South China Sea, China is looking to shape the world around it in a way we have never seen before,” the deputy said. Australian Prime Minister Richard Marles. “In our region, strategic competition is intensifying in the Pacific,” he added, stressing that the new government will “ensure that Australia’s national interest is absolutely clear.”
Relations have been strained since the Australian federal government finalized last year an agreement signed by the state of Victoria to join “New Silk Roads”, the broader international investment project desired by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Australia has also criticized China’s repressive policies in support of democracy in Hong Kong and the arrest of two Australian citizens suspected of spying or undermining national security. Beijing, for its part, has accused Australian intelligence of searching and interrogating four Chinese journalists.