Penny Wong talks trade ‘blockages’ with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on sidelines of UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has again urged Beijing to remove punitive trade measures against Australia during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York.

Senator Wong used her remarks at the outset of the discussion to talk up the prospects of clean energy cooperation between the two countries, while warning against “blockages” imposed by China.

“Trade has been the platform from which the People’s Republic of China has made historic achievements in poverty alleviation,” she said to Mr Wang.

“Indeed, open, rules-based trade within the international system has underpinned economic development for both our countries.

“We both have much to lose by the disintegration of that system. And we both have much to gain from direct and productive engagement.”

Although short, Senator Wong characterized the meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as “constructive”.

It’s the second time the two ministers have met face-to-face within 12 weeks, following a freeze on high-level contact between Australia and China for more than two years.

“I think it is a long road in which many steps will have to be taken by both parties to a more stable relationship,” Senator Wong told journalists afterwards.

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