‘Very interesting’ China and Australia have ‘taken the chance to meet’

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Lowy Institute Senior Fellow Richard McGregor says it’s “very interesting” both sides – China and Australia – have “actually taken the chance to meet”.

It comes after Defence Minister Richard Marles sat down for a discussion with his Chinese counterpart on the sideline of a security summit in Singapore.

Mr Marles and Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe held a one-hour meeting at the Shangri-La Defence Summit in Singapore on Sunday, where each raised concerns amid rising tensions over the Indo-Pacific.

“Clearly, both sides, particularly China, I would say, decided that it was about time to end the standoff and get together,” Mr McGregor told Sky News Australia.

“It’s important to remember, though, that there’s no change in the fundamental problems in the relationship.

“All that’s happening now is that we’re talking about them.”

Sourceby: https://www.skynews.com.au/

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