Australia’s Penny Wong raises trade curbs, detainees on China visit

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI — Australia raised human rights, trade restrictions and security issues with Beijing on Wednesday in their first ministerial meeting in China since 2019, as the two sides seek to mend frayed ties.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, on a visit to the Chinese capital, said the governments agreed to continue high-level dialogue on several issues, including the removal of trade sanctions that have seen billions of dollars worth of Australian goods blocked from entering China.

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