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By: Crystal Ge


China and Australia were always enemies.

While Mr. Xiao, the Chinese ambassador who took up

post this year, was talking on stage in front of hundreds of

Australians hundreds of Australians Later, Mr. Xiao said: “The

atmosphere in both countries needs be to improve, that’s a

fact.” Mr. Xiao wanted a good relationship with Australia so

he tried to talk about different speeches, newspaper

commentaries, and private meetings to make overtures that

Beijing wants better relations Mr. Albanese and his ministers

said that they could work up an agreement and continue

pressing China over its military buildup and activities in the South Pacific.


Since May, Australia’s foreign minister, Penny

Wong, has visited four Pacific Island countries to make the

case that Australia — not China — should be their “partner of

choice”. Ultimately, to stabilize bilateral relations, China

would have to be prepared to tolerate a large degree of

continuity in Australia’s suite of China-related policies,” said

Richard Maude, a former Australian foreign policy official who

is now a senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. But

Australia’s leaders say that even so, the tone of relations could improve.


After the meeting Richard Marles said, “Both sides are likely

to proceed cautiously.” said Mr. Maud. Back then, optimism

about relations was buoyed by China’s growing appetite for

Australian resources, especially iron ore and coal, as well as

wine, wheat and other farm goods.


“Despite the pressure they have put on Australia, China didn’t achieve

what they set out to,” Yun Jiang, a fellow at the Australian

Institute of International Affairs who studies China, said in an

interview. Beijing may press Australia to open the door to

China joining a new regional trade pact, and to ease antidumping investigations and regulatory barriers to business acquisitions, said Benjamin Herscovitch,

a research fellow at the Australian National University who writes a newsletter on

Chinese-Australian relations. Ms. Cheng, whose two children

are in Australia, stood trial in March, accused of passing state

secrets abroad.


On Friday, Mr. Xiao, denied that a list of 14

grievances that a Chinese diplomat shared with Australian

media in 2020 set preconditions for restoring normal ties. The

grievances included the ban on Huawei, security raids on

Chinese journalists, and “antagonistic” media reporting on

China. Australia’s former prime minister, Mr. Morrison, had

said the list showed “how Australia was being coerced by

China,” and created a barrier to improved ties. “The concerns

have been reported in a twisted way as the so-called

preconditions, as demands. This is not true.”

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