No justification: Prime Minister demands the lifting of Chinese sanctions

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said it was in China’s interest to lift all sanctions against Australia, amid complaints that it could spoil a long-standing ban on coal imports.

There are suggestions China is proposing to end a nearly two-year ban on Australian coal as tensions between the two countries kick in.

Albanese said there were “no justifications” for China’s sanctions against Australian goods.

“It is in China’s interest to lift all sanctions against Australia and it is in Australia’s interest for that to happen as well,” he told Sky News on Sunday.

“I want to cooperate with China where we can, and I will defend Australia’s interests, where we must.

“There is no justification for these sanctions on Australian products and they should all be lifted.”

Beijing’s ban on Australian coal imports came at a great time tension between the Chinese Communist Party and the Morrison government at the time.

Scott Morrison’s push for an investigation into the origins of Covid did not sit well with Beijing and further strained the already strained relationship between the two countries.

This alleged reversal would signal a major breakthrough in Australia-China relations, and would be a win for the new Albanian government.


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