FAST FIVE: Australia "Ready" To Resume Dialogue With China As Beijing Ratchets Trade War
That decline was brought about in Canberra's decision to join the United States in seeking to curtail China's economic and political rise, particularly during the final year of the Trump administration.
And now Australia says it's ready and willing to resume dialogue with Beijing.
On Thursday Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced at a press conference while standing alongside US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “Australia seeks a constructive relationship with China we stand ready at any time, amongst all of my counterparts and colleagues, to resume dialogue.” Great to meet with Foreign Minister @MarisePayne today to discuss our ongoing commitment to the health, security, and prosperity of the #IndoPacific.
We look forward to celebrating the 70th anniversary of #ANZUS alongside our friend and ally Australia later this year.
And Blinken responded by assuring its ally that the United States will not leave Australia “alone” in the face of China's aggressive economic coercion. “I reiterated that the United States will not leave Australia alone on the field, or maybe I should say alone on the pitch, in the face of economic coercion by China.