Biden administration pledges to back Oz in China trade dispute
THE US Biden administration has pledged to stand by Australia in its worsening trade and diplomatic disputes with China, reports Sydney's 9News
17 May 2021 - 19:00
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, visiting Washington DC and met with US officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said the US would stand by China amid growing tensions between Canberra and Beijing.
'I reiterate 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,' Mr Blinken said.
'That's what allies do. We have each other's backs so we can face threats and challenges from a position of collective strength,' he said.
Ms Payne said Australia remained open to dialogue with Beijing, but recognised there were major challenges in relations and welcomed US support.
'Australia seeks a constructive relationship with China. We stand ready at any time, amongst all of my counterparts and colleagues, to resume dialogue,' Ms Payne said.
'But we have also been open and clear and consistent about the fact that we are dealing with a number of challenges,' she said.
Relations between Beijing and Canberra plummeted last year after Australia called for an international inquiry into the origins of the pandemic and introduced foreign interference legislation.
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