The federal government says it’s prepared to re-engage in “respectful dialogue” with China.
A senior Chinese official has released a list of complaints Beijing has against Australia, claiming that Australia is “poisoning bilateral relations”.
They include our push for an inquiry into COVID-19 and criticism of the country’s human rights record.
The Australian government says it would like to restore its working relationship with Beijing, but won’t compromise the national interest.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says our relationship with China is complex.
“They are an important partner for Australia, so we want that relationship to continue but at the same time we’ve been clear and consistent about advocating and standing by Australia’s national interest,” Mr Frydenberg has told Nine radio.