China diplomat hopes ties with Australia recover soon
SINGAPORE – Reuters
Relations soured last year when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused Beijing of meddling in Australian affairs - including the media, universities and politics. China has denied the charges.
Australia proposing dates in May and the process usually taking weeks, sources told Reuters.
“We hope that, through the efforts of both sides, we can soon return bilateral relations to a healthy and stable development track,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi told reporters at a regional forum in Singapore.
“To achieve this, we hope that Australia can do more that is in the interest of increasing mutual trust between the two countries, and not be groundlessly suspicious,” he said, after a meeting with Bishop.
Bishop told reporters that the talks had been “very positive,” without elaborating.
In a statement later on Aug. 4, China’s foreign ministry said Beijing “never” interfered in the domestic politics of other countries or conducted “infiltration” operations overseas.
The statement said Bishop had expressed willingness to “objectively view China’s development and the Australia-China relationship,” and that Australia opposed protectionism and was willing to work with China to push forward talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.