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Australia’s Trade Chief Says No Immediate Plans to Meet with China’s Minister

  • Farrell says Chinese counterpart won’t attend G-20 next week
  • New Australian government wants to avoid ‘megaphone diplomacy’

Australia’s trade chief said that the wait for the first meeting with his Chinese counterpart is likely to extend beyond this month because Beijing’s top negotiator will skip a gathering of trade minsters in Indonesia next week.

The government of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, which came to power in late May, is seeking to stabilize Australia’s relationship with the world’s second-largest economy and negotiate a recovery in exports, said Don Farrell, the country’s minister for trade and tourism.