Australia’s new PM flags ‘difficult’ China ties, as he heads to Tokyo

Ahead of meeting with Biden, Kishida and Modi in Tokyo, Anthony Albanese warned Australia would always stand up for its values against China Anthony Albanese has flown to Tokyo to take part in the Quad leaders’ meeting, just hours after being sworn in as the new Australian prime minister and warning that relations with China would remain “difficult”.

The Labor party defeated the Coalition government, led by Scott Morrison, on Saturday. It is not yet known whether the Labor party, which Albanese leads, will reach the 76-seat majority needed to govern in its own right.

In his first press conference as prime minister, Albanese said he had received a guarantee of supply from independent and minor party MPs to ensure he can govern no matter the outcome.

Albanese said Australia’s relationship with China, which has soured in recent years, “will remain a difficult one” but signalled his government would take a less aggressive approach to pursuing Australia’s national interest.




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