- Senator Wong has highlighted her efforts to ease tensions with China in a major speech.
- She said Australia seeks to co-operate but “will disagree where we must”.
- Senator Wong vowed to stand firm on human rights, with national security issues paramount.
“We seek to co-operate where we can and will disagree where we must. And we will engage in our national interests.”
Senator Wong’s speech comes as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talk during the ASEAN summit, laying the groundwork for a face-to-face meeting between Australia’s Prime Minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and China’s Premier Li Keqiang (top) at the opening of the East Asia Summit during the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS
Labor’s commitment to the Pacific has already seen the foreign minister prioritise visits to Pacific Islands countries, with missions to Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Cook Islands, Niue, French Polynesia, and Fiji during the past six months.
“We know that as family, we have a special responsibility to act.”