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Beijing is urged to remove trade sanctions by the Australian Prime Minister

Anthony Albanese, the new prime minister of Australia, has reiterated Australia's firm stance towards Beijing's economic coercion on national exporters, saying that the regime should eliminate export tariffs if diplomatic relations were to be restored.

Li Keqiang, premier of the Chinese Communist Party, sent a letter of congratulations to the new prime minister, breaking a two-year hiatus on high-level diplomatic communication with Australia.

In the letter, Li said China was willing to work with Australia to review the past and to uphold “the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results,” according to the Australian Financial Review.

“It’s not Australia that’s changed, China has,” Albanese said. “It is China that has placed sanctions on Australia. There is no justification for doing that and that’s why they should be removed.”

25 May 2022


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