Anthony Albanese meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in positive sign at ASEAN summit

Anthony Albanese has met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to signal tensions between the two countries may be thawing after a two-year trade war.

The couple spoke at a dinner hosted by King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia as world leaders converged on the East Asia and ASEAN Summits in Phnom Penh.

It’s a significant development as work continues behind the scenes to secure a meeting between Australia’s Prime Minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Anthony Albanese has met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to signal tensions between the two countries may be thawing after a two-year trade war

Anthony Albanese has met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to signal tensions between the two countries may be thawing after a two-year trade war

Anthony Albanese has met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to signal tensions between the two countries may be thawing after a two-year trade war

The couple spoke at a dinner hosted by Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, as world leaders convened in Phnom Penh for the East Asia and ASEAN summits (pictured Chinese Premier Li Keqiang).

The couple spoke at a dinner hosted by Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, as world leaders convened in Phnom Penh for the East Asia and ASEAN summits (pictured Chinese Premier Li Keqiang).

The couple spoke at a dinner hosted by Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, as world leaders convened in Phnom Penh for the East Asia and ASEAN summits (pictured Chinese Premier Li Keqiang).

A meeting between the two would mark a massive turning point for the two countries, whose relationship has soured in recent years.

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison angered China when he called for an investigation into the origins of Covid in 2020.

The two countries engaged in a trade war with tariffs on exports such as barley, coal, lobster and wine.

Mr Jinping has not had a formal meeting with an Australian Prime Minister since Malcolm Turnbull in 2016.

It was Mr. Albanese’s first time meeting Premier Li, and the two discussed the upcoming 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between their two countries.

Mr. Albanese sat alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the gala and also spoke with US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Trust, communication and collaboration have been at the heart of Mr. Albanese’s approach to meetings with his fellow leaders from around the world.

He has pledged to uphold the ideals of peace and freedom and said this would be achieved by building trust among nations.

It's a significant development as work continues behind the scenes to secure a meeting between Australia's Prime Minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping

It's a significant development as work continues behind the scenes to secure a meeting between Australia's Prime Minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping

It’s a significant development as work continues behind the scenes to secure a meeting between Australia’s Prime Minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping

But China’s sanctions on Australia and security forces in the region are key issues the PM wants to address.

“Dialogue is a good thing. From dialogue comes understanding and we need more, not less, in today’s world,” said Mr. Albanese.

“We know there is strategic competition in this region and that is the context of any meeting that will take place between the US and China.”

Mr. Albanese said he is waiting for the conclusion of a meeting with Mr. Xi and looks forward to constructive dialogue.

“I think there’s a lot of goodwill here, certainly from Australia,” he said.

“I have no reason to believe that there is no goodwill on the Chinese side.”

On Sunday, the prime minister is expected to deliver two speeches at the summits and later tour an exhibition in Phnom Penh with other world leaders.

“This is an opportunity for us to build relationships in our region so early in the new government’s tenure,” he said.

“I am very pleased that it is so constructive and that the dialogue is going so positively.”

It will be the Prime Minister’s last day in Phnom Penh before traveling to Bali for the G20 summit.

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison angered China when he backed a call for an investigation into the origins of Covid in 2020

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison angered China when he backed a call for an investigation into the origins of Covid in 2020

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison angered China when he backed a call for an investigation into the origins of Covid in 2020

Australian Institute of International Affairs national president Allan Gyngell said if President Xi failed to meet with Mr Albanese, it would be a major snub.

“It would be a real blow to Australia and a sign that the Chinese don’t want to do anything to improve relations,” he told The Australian.

“If it doesn’t happen, it’s the end of the relationship.”

Mr Albanese said his role at the ASEAN Summit was to stand up not only for Australia but also for its neighbors in the Pacific islands.

This could be interpreted as a reference to China’s attempts to win over the Pacific island nations, as it did when it signed a security agreement with the Solomon Islands.

“Australia has always been an outward-looking nation and we have never shied away from taking on global challenges,” he said.

“The outlook for the global economy is bleak and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has compounded the challenges of food insecurity, rising energy prices, rising inflation and pressures on the cost of living around the world.

“Australia strongly supports ASEAN’s central role in the region and its vision for the region is closely aligned with our own.

“At each summit, I will underscore Australia’s commitment to the global transition to net zero and our vision of a stable, peaceful, resilient and prosperous region.”

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