Albanese arrives in China for landmark visit, says it’s in ‘our national interest’,

Anthony Albanese has declared Australia will “cooperate with China where we can, disagree where we must, but … also engage in our national interest” as the prime minister arrived in the People’s Republic for a landmark three day official visit. […]

When he returned from the banquet, the prime minister told travelling journalists Australia’s national interest was served by having a positive, constructive, respectful and open dialogue with China, our biggest trading partner. […]

Albanese has faced some criticism at home for maintaining a hectic schedule of international travel at a time when Australians are battling cost-of-living pressure. The prime minister noted on Saturday night China was Australia’s largest trading partner and pointed out one in four jobs in Australia was “trade dependent”.

Albanese’s visit to China is the first by an Australian prime minister since 2016. He will meet the Chinese president, Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday, and the premier on Tuesday. Läs artikel