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Chinese Foreign Minister to meet former Australian Prime Minister

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Sydney, 19 March 2024 (TDI): Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating’s upcoming meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signals a pivotal moment in diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Keating is known for his support of stronger ties with China. He will engage in discussions aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation and understanding.

Keating expressed enthusiasm about Wang’s visit and described it as a positive step towards fostering dialogue on international matters.

Wang will meet his Australian counterpart Penny Wong and hold a roundtable with business leaders in Canberra on Wednesday, on the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister since 2017.

In addition to this, Wang’s itinerary includes meetings with his Australian counterpart, Penny Wong on Wednesday. Moreover, engagements with business leaders in Canberra called for attention to diplomatic engagement between the nations.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Labor government has prioritized stabilizing relations with China. This resulted in notable progress in trade, including the recent easing of Chinese restrictions on Australian agricultural products.

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While the meeting with Australian counterpart Penny Wong signifies diplomatic dialogue, Wang’s decision to engage with Keating, a vocal critic of Canberra’s approach towards China, adds a layer of complexity to the discussions.

Paul Keating, who led Australia’s Labor government from 1991 to 1996, has been a staunch advocate for stronger relations with Beijing.

However, challenges persist, particularly regarding regional security disparities, which remain a topic of discussion.

However, Keating’s vision of a region anchored in diplomatic dialogue and cooperation contrasts with China’s perspective. Additionally, it emphasizes the complexity of regional dynamics.

The Keating and Wang’s meeting is set against recent challenges, such as the suspended death sentence of Australian blogger Yang Hengjun, highlighting the intricacies of Australia-China relations.

Despite these challenges, both sides remain committed to constructive engagement and strategic alignment to navigate regional challenges effectively.

Foreign Minister Wang is expected to conduct meetings in Sydney on Thursday, although an official schedule has yet to be publicly disclosed.

 

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