Penny Wong talks trade blockades with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

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Foreign Minister Penny Wong has again urged Beijing to remove punitive trade measures against Australia during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York.

Senator Wong used his remarks at the start of the debate to talk about the prospects for clean energy cooperation between the two countries, while warning against “blockages” imposed by China.

“Trade has been the platform from which the People’s Republic of China has made historic achievements in poverty reduction,” she told Mr Wang.

“Open, rules-based trade within the international system has indeed supported the economic development of both our countries.

“We both have a lot to lose from the dissolution of that system. And we both have a lot to gain from direct and productive engagement.”

Although brief, Senator Wong characterized the meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as “constructive”.

It is the second time the two ministers have met face-to-face in 12 weeks, following a freeze on high-level contact between Australia and China for more than two years.

“I think it’s a long way, with many steps to be taken by both parties to a more stable relationship,” Senator Wong told reporters afterwards.

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