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Australia 'deeply troubled' by Chinese espionage case

Jan. 19, 2023 04:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Thursday her government was “deeply troubled” by the delays in China resolving espionage allegations against Chinese-Australian Yang Hengjun, while a supporter said the Chinese-born writer and blogger would remain detained...

Australia-China foreign ministers meet in bid to repair ties

Dec. 21, 2022 08:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of Australia and China met in Beijing on Wednesday in a bid to restore high-level political contacts and return stability to the countries' tense relationship. The visit by Penny Wong was the first visit by an Australian foreign minister to...

Australian visit to China raises hopes on trade, detainees

Dec. 20, 2022 00:02 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The first visit by an Australian foreign minister to China in four years is raising hopes that Australia will make progress on ending trade sanctions and freeing two Australian citizens detained in China. But Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong...

Australia's foreign minister to meet counterpart in China

Dec. 19, 2022 03:36 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Monday she will meet with her counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing this week as Australia and China mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. China's Foreign Ministry said the visit will take place on Tuesday and...

Australia vies for Pacific influence with new security deal

Dec. 13, 2022 23:50 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has signed a new security deal with Oceania island country Vanuatu as part of an ongoing competition with China for influence in the Pacific. The new security pact covers humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, law enforcement, cyber...

Australia plays down US B-52 bomber plan that angers China

Nov. 02, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's defense minister on Wednesday played down the significance of a major upgrade of B-52 facilities planned for northern Australia that has raised China’s ire, saying the nuclear-capable U.S. bombers have been visiting since the 1980s. China...