CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will go to China in early November, his workplace stated Sunday hours earlier than he was set to fly to america to fulfill President Joe Biden.
Albanese’s workplace additionally stated China agreed to evaluate the crippling tariffs it positioned on Australian wine which have successfully blocked commerce with the winemakers’ greatest export market since 2020.
Albanese will grow to be the primary Australian prime minister to go to China in seven years when he travels to Beijing and Shanghai from Nov. 4-7.
He’ll meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang in Beijing after which attend the China Worldwide Import Expo in Shanghai.
The go to to China and a possible breakthrough within the wine dispute mark an additional restore in bilateral relations since Albanese’s center-left Labor Social gathering gained elections final yr after 9 years of conservative rule in Australia.
“I stay up for visiting China, an essential step in the direction of making certain a steady and productive relationship,” Albanese stated in a press release.
“I welcome the progress now we have made to return Australian merchandise, together with Australian wine, to the Chinese language market. Robust commerce advantages each international locations,” Albanese added.
Albanese accepted an invite weeks in the past to go to China this yr, however discovering appropriate dates has been difficult.
Albanese is visiting Washington, D.C., to fulfill Biden this week and can return to america after his China journey to attend the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation leaders’ discussion board in San Francisco from Nov. 15-17.
Will probably be the ninth time Biden has met Albanese as prime minister. The primary assembly was in Tokyo hours after Albanese was sworn in as authorities chief in Could final yr.
The discussions this week are anticipated to cowl the AUKUS deal through which america and Britain will cooperate to offer Australia with a fleet of submarines powered by U.S. nuclear expertise to counter a extra assertive China.
The leaders may also search extra cooperation on clear vitality, essential minerals and countering local weather change.