Diplomatic thaw shows Beijing eager for friends, experts say

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Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne’s crucial visit to Beijing this week shows the Chinese government is eager to get its relationship with Australia back on a friendly footing after a year of diplomatic frostiness, China experts…

  • David Wroe
  • The Age

Senator Payne’s planned visit – the first by an Australian foreign minister since Julie Bishop in 2016 – comes as the Trump administration cranks up pressure on Beijing over issues such as…

Richard McGregor, a China expert at the Lowy Institute, said that in this combustible atmosphere with Washington, Beijing was looking to re-engage with countries such as…

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