China Australia. Photo: CGV
China and Australia have far more common interests than differences, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone call Tuesday with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong at her meeting. request. The two sides said they will continue to make efforts to improve and strengthen China-Australia relations.
The talks, which are taking place amid the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, are crucial to further break the ice and let go of past grudges and create a positive environment for interactions between the two sides. at the next G20 leaders’ meeting. , experts said, while calling on Canberra to show more political wisdom and determination to filter out noise from Washington and maintain its own independence in developing relations with China.
Appeasement and improvement of China-Australia relations serve the fundamental interests of both sides and meet the common expectations of the peoples of the two countries and the international community, Wang said.
The two sides should continue to adhere to the consensus of the comprehensive strategic partnership, uphold the spirit of mutual respect, seek common ground while putting aside differences, and work towards the goal of mutual benefit and results. win-win, Wang noted.
Penny Wong said the two countries have maintained effective communication and contacts recently, and bilateral relations have seen positive changes through unremitting efforts. Australia will continue to adhere to the one-China principle and develop more stable and mutually beneficial relations with China based on mutual respect.
A healthy relationship between China and Australia is not at odds with safeguarding respective national interests, and the Australian side has no intention of amplifying existing differences, Wong said, adding that the Australia stands ready to properly address specific issues responsibly within the framework of China. -Australia comprehensive strategic partnership and make continuous efforts to improve and strengthen bilateral relations.
Since the new Albanian government came to power, it is expected to take a more positive attitude towards relations with China, which have been at an impasse for five years, Chen Hong said. President of the Chinese Association for Australian Studies. Global Times on Tuesday.
Such attempts have been seen in more frequent high-level interactions between the two sides this year, including meetings of defense ministers and foreign ministers, indicating that China and Australia are ready to change the abnormal status quo and get back on track as strategic partners, observers note.
It has also created a positive atmosphere for increased engagement by both parties at the upcoming multilateral events, namely the East Asia Summit, the G20 Leaders’ Summit and the APEC Summit.
During Tuesday’s talk, Wang also stressed that China and Australia should gradually address each other’s legitimate concerns and make positive contributions to tackle current global challenges.
There are several areas of cooperation. China has always imported goods from Australia, such as iron ore, coal, natural gas, agricultural products, seafood and dairy products, and the trade is sure to continue, analysts said.
Also, the two sides can cooperate to develop green energy. Australia is now trying to shed its dependence on fossil fuels and make the transition to solar and wind power. However, Australia itself does not have the production capacity as solar panels are mainly produced in China, so there is plenty of room for cooperation in this area.
The two sides can also partner to help Pacific island countries in their fight against climate change, as well as disaster mitigation and relief, analysts said.
However, Australia’s recent attempts to increase defense spending, including seeking to acquire nuclear submarines under the AUKUS deal, have shown growing aggressiveness and echo the US anti-China strategy. United States.
In this regard, Chen urged Australia to stop blindly following in the footsteps of the United States, which will only hurt itself. “China has always held its arms open to Australia and is ready to engage in greater cooperation, but we hope that Canberra, once misled by so-called ideological differences, can see its relationship with Beijing objectively and pragmatically,” he said.
The last time the two foreign ministers met was on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22. The two sides stressed the importance of Sino-Australian relations, reaffirmed the positioning of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and agreed to quickly put bilateral relations back on track in the spirit of mutual respect.