Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last week, which includes China. Photo: EPA-EFE Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last week, which includes China. Photo: EPA-EFE
Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last week, which includes China. Photo: EPA-EFE

China-Australia relations: Canberra reached out to Beijing at ‘every possible level’, minister says

  • Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham reiterated claims that the ‘ball is in China’s court’ in their ongoing trade dispute
  • Canberra will not change positioning on human rights issues, after China said statements on issues like Hong Kong and Xinjiang are fraying ties

Topic |   China-Australia relations
Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last week, which includes China. Photo: EPA-EFE Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last week, which includes China. Photo: EPA-EFE
Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last week, which includes China. Photo: EPA-EFE
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