Australia’s assistant minister for trade, Tim Ayres (right), met with Chinese counterpart Wang Shouwen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos this week. Photo: Twitter
Australia’s assistant minister for trade, Tim Ayres (right), met with Chinese counterpart Wang Shouwen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos this week. Photo: Twitter

China-Australia relations: Huawei, ‘sensitive’ tech, critical minerals key test for long-term trade ties

  • Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao is set to meet Australian counterpart Don Farrell via video ‘in the near future’ amid an easing of trade and political tensions
  • But issues over lithium, a key material in producing batteries for electric vehicles, and Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. mean ‘there’s a long way to go’

Australia’s assistant minister for trade, Tim Ayres (right), met with Chinese counterpart Wang Shouwen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos this week. Photo: Twitter
Australia’s assistant minister for trade, Tim Ayres (right), met with Chinese counterpart Wang Shouwen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos this week. Photo: Twitter
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