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Australia, China Envoys Reopen Delicate Dialog at G-20

  • First meeting of both countries’ foreign ministers since 2019
  • In both nations’ interest to stabilize ties: Australia’s Wong
Penny Wong

Penny Wong

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The foreign ministers of Australia and China met Friday for the first time since 2019 as the two nations try to reset a relationship that has been marred in recent years by diplomatic tensions and economic tariffs. 

The ministers “spoke frankly and listened carefully to each other’s priorities and concerns,” according to a statement from Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong after the meeting in Bali with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. “We have our differences, but it is in both our countries’ interests for the relationship to be stabilized.”