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China diplomat hopes ties with Australia recover soon

2018-08-06 09:37:32       source:Asahi Shimbun

August 5, 2018


SINGAPORE — A senior Chinese diplomat on Saturday said China hopes Australia will not voice "groundless suspicions" so that ties between the two countries can return to health and stability.


Relations soured last year when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused Beijing of meddling in Australian affairs - including the media, universities and politics. China has denied the charges.


A schedule for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to visit China for a series of meetings held regularly since 2014 has yet to be agreed, despite Australia proposing dates in May and the process usually taking weeks, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.


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