7 months Australia seeks to mend China ties with new foundation, envoy Manilatimes |World
SYDNEY: Australia announced a diplomatic boost to “turbo-charge” its China relations on Friday as it seeks to mend ties damaged by foreign interference concerns and a 5G bar on Huawei. Canberra unveiled plans for a new foundation to supercede the Australia-China Council, its long-time primary platform for relations with its largest trading partner. The government also announced that career diplomat Graham Fletcher, a China expert and Mandarin speaker, would replace Jan Adams as Australia’s ambassador in Beijing. Adams had served in the role since 2016. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the new National Foundation for Australia-China Relations would receive Aus$44 ... more