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Indonesia: Xi calls for 'improving, maintaining and developing relations' with Australia in meeting with PM01:12

Indonesia: Xi calls for 'improving, maintaining and developing relations' with Australia in meeting with PM

Indonesia, Bali
November 15, 2022 at 14:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for more efforts to be made to improve, maintain and develop China-Australia relations, during a meeting with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Bali, Indonesia.

Xi and Albanese are in Bali for the 17th Group of 20 (G20) Summit, and their talks took place on the sidelines.

"I'm pleased to meet Mr Prime Minister Albanese. This is our first meeting. China-Australia relations have long been at the forefront of China's relations with developed countries and should be cherished by us. In the past few years, the relations met some difficulties. This is not what we want to see," stated Xi.

"As China and Australia are both important countries in the Asia-Pacific region, we should do a good job improving, maintaining and developing relations with each other, which not only serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples but also contributes to promoting peace and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large," he continued.

Last month, Australian news agencies reported that the US would base six B-52 bombers in the country, as part of heightened tensions with China over Taiwan. In 2021, Australia formed a security pact (AUKUS) with the UK and US, which was also seen as an attempt to counter Beijing's influence in the Asia-Pacific.

Meanwhile, Albanese said efforts were being made to form a relationship that worked for both countries.

"Our bilateral relationship is an important one. Both sides have worked to stabilise the relationship based upon mutual respect and mutual benefit. I look forward to a constructive exchange and dialogue today," he said.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for more efforts to be made to improve, maintain and develop China-Australia relations, during a meeting with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Bali, Indonesia.

Xi and Albanese are in Bali for the 17th Group of 20 (G20) Summit, and their talks took place on the sidelines.

"I'm pleased to meet Mr Prime Minister Albanese. This is our first meeting. China-Australia relations have long been at the forefront of China's relations with developed countries and should be cherished by us. In the past few years, the relations met some difficulties. This is not what we want to see," stated Xi.

"As China and Australia are both important countries in the Asia-Pacific region, we should do a good job improving, maintaining and developing relations with each other, which not only serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples but also contributes to promoting peace and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large," he continued.

Last month, Australian news agencies reported that the US would base six B-52 bombers in the country, as part of heightened tensions with China over Taiwan. In 2021, Australia formed a security pact (AUKUS) with the UK and US, which was also seen as an attempt to counter Beijing's influence in the Asia-Pacific.

Meanwhile, Albanese said efforts were being made to form a relationship that worked for both countries.

"Our bilateral relationship is an important one. Both sides have worked to stabilise the relationship based upon mutual respect and mutual benefit. I look forward to a constructive exchange and dialogue today," he said.