With Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese poised to become the next Australian prime minister, China has expressed its optimism in China-Australia relations.
Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin, fielding questions from the media yesterday, said, “China is ready to work with the new Labor government to take stock of the past and stay forward-looking. We should follow the principles of mutual respect and mutual benefits to promote sound and steady development of China-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership.”
He took note that Australia, under a Labor government in the 1970s, “made the right choice to establish diplomatic relations with China, and made historic contributions to the development of China-Australia relations.”
For Wang, the sound and steady development of the China-Australia bilateral relations “meets the fundamental interests and common aspiration of the two peoples, and contributes to peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific.”