Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets his Australian counterpart, Penny Wong, on the sidelines of the G20 summit

Australian Foreign Secretary Penny Wong will meet her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday during the first high-level face-to-face talks since 2019.

China’s foreign ministry has announced that Mr. Wang will meet Senator Wong on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali on Friday.

It is another sign that relations between Australia and China are beginning to thaw, and the clearest signal yet that Beijing is ready to resume a sustained high-level dialogue with the new Labor government.

Both ministers are already in Bali ahead of the G20 event and will meet outside the main meeting around 6pm local time (8pm AEST).

Arriving in Bali from Singapore on Thursday, Senator Wong declined to say whether a meeting was already planned, but expressed hopes for an improvement in bilateral relations.

“We believe it would be in the interest of China and Australia for this relationship to be stabilized. And for that, both sides need to take a step,” she said.

Australia and China still have some deep-seated disputes that the meeting between Senator Wong and Wang Yi is unlikely to resolve.

Penny Wong with short silver hair looks concerned.
The last time foreign ministers of Australia and China met was in 2019.AP: Robert Kitchin/File

Australia urges China to lift a series of punitive trade sanctions on Australian goods, while Beijing demands Australia take “concrete steps” to restore ties.

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