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Why Détente Between China and Australia Could Be a Problem for Some Developing Countries

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali on November 15, 2022. Image via Xinhua

Anthony Albanese is the first Australian Prime Minister in six years to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and from the looks of their brief meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali on Tuesday, there’s a glimmer of optimism that the strained ties between these two countries may begin to improve.

Bilateral relations plummeted when Australia blocked Huawei from its 5G network and called for an independent investigation into the origin of COVID-19 , among other issues. China, in turn, imposed unilateral sanctions on Australian goods, including beef, wine, seafood, wood, and coal worth around $13 billion a year.

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