The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Tony Walker
Opinion

Opinion

Tony Walker

How have China-Australia ties changed in the 50 years since establishing diplomatic relations?

  • Australia’s then-opposition leader Gough Whitlam visited China in 1971 to discuss trade, but the trip also laid the foundation for diplomatic ties
  • Australian trade with China in 1972 totalled about US$100 million, and in 2021 stood at A$188.9 billion (US$125.7 billion)

The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
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