- Title: Australian Foreign Minister meets Chinese counterpart in Beijing
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (NOVEMBER 8, 2018) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MARISE PAYNE AND CHINESE STATE COUNCILLOR AND SENIOR DIPLOMAT WANG YI WALKING TOWARDS EACH OTHER/SHAKING HANDS/POSING FOR PHOTOS/WALKING ON CHINA-AUSTRALIA BILATERAL TALKS IN PROGRESS WANG SPEAKING PAYNE LOOKING ON WANG SPEAKING, OTHER MEMBERS OF CHINESE DELEGATION SITTING PAYNE SPEAKING WANG LOOKING ON PAYNE SPEAKING, OTHER MEMBERS OF AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION SITTING BILATERAL TALKS
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2018 06:35
- Keywords: China-Australia Payne Wang Yi Marise Payne Australian foreign minister
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195N9JYD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne met with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai Guesthouse in Beijing on Thursday (November 8) as China ended an unofficial suspension for more than six months of visits by top Australian government ministers.
Ties between the two countries, which compete for influence in Asia and particularly in the Pacific, have been strained since Australia accused China of meddling in its domestic affairs late last year. Her trip is being seen in Australia as a bid by China to seek warmer ties with Australia's recently installed Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
In August, Morrison become Australia's sixth different prime minister in the last decade after a backbench revolt ousted his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, who criticised China and banned its Huawei Technologies Co from Australia's broadband network.
China is Australia's top goods and services trading partner, accounting for 24 percent, or A$183.4 billion ($131.88 billion), of total trade in 2017, according to data from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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