Meeting with Ambassador Xiao Qian

On Tuesday 21 June, I met with the Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian.

It was an opportunity to share the Labor Party's view that a constructive relationship between Australia and China is in both of our countries' interests.

I reinforced Labor’s view that trade restrictions against Australian exporters are unreasonable and should be lifted in order to stabilise the relationship.

I also took the opportunity to raise concerns about the treatment of Australians detained in China, and reinforced the deep concerns raised by Defence Minister Richard Marles about recent PLA behaviour towards an Australian aircraft.