Australia will not bow to Chinese demands to restart talks: Foreign minister – News Vibe24

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    CANBERRA: Australia will not accept Chinese demands for a change of policy in order to resume bilateral talks, said Foreign Minister Mariz Payne.
    “We have been informed by China that they will only enter into a high-level dialogue if we meet certain conditions. Australia does not set conditions for dialogue. We cannot meet their conditions,” Payne said in a late speech. Thursday in Canberra.
    Relations with China, already difficult, after Australia banned Huawei from the emerging 5G broadband network in 2018, cooled further after Canberra called last year for an independent investigation into the roots of the coronavirus pandemic, which was first reported in central K last year.
    China has responded by imposing tariffs on Australian products, including wine and barley, and limited imports of Australian beef, coal and grapes.
    The Chinese embassy in Canberra did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Despite bilateral tensions, China remains Australia’s largest trading partner.
    In the 12 months to March, Australia exported $ 149 billion (US $ 110.1 billion) worth of goods to China, down 0.6% from a year earlier, but exports were supported by strong prices for iron ore, the largest single item in trade with China. Ε

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