Chinese Ambassador to Australia Meets Penny Wong to Discuss Bilateral Relations

Xiao Qian, Beijing’s new ambassador to Canberra, visited parliament last week to meet the shadow Labor foreign minister and discuss his country’s basic positions on China-Australia relations.

According to a statement from the Chinese Embassy, ​​a meeting between Wong and Xiao on Wednesday included an exchange of views on relevant international issues.

Ambassador Xiao also highlighted the “tangible benefits” of the close cooperation China and Australia have enjoyed in various fields since the establishment of diplomatic ties 50 years ago.

“China’s policy towards Australia remains unchanged,” read a statement from the embassy.

“It is hoped that the two sides will work together to review the past and look to the future, adhere to the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and make joint efforts to push forward China-China relations.” -Australian women on the right track.”

The statement said Senator Wong welcomed Xiao as he took office in Australia. She also outlined the views of the Labor Party on relevant diplomatic issues regarding China-Australia relations.

“Shadow Minister Wong hoped the two sides would strengthen engagement and dialogue,” the embassy said.

In a statement supporting the decision not to send Australian officials and dignitaries to the Beijing Winter Olympics last year, Wong expressed the Labor Party’s “deep concerns about China’s continued human rights abuses”. She said the treatment of Uyghurs and other religious minorities in China was a sticking point for Labor and urged China to behave more like a responsible world power.


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