Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said it was in China’s interest to lift all sanctions against Australia amid speculation that it could break a long-standing ban on coal imports.
There are speculations that China is offering to lift the nearly two-year ban on Australian coal as tensions between the two countries begin to ease.
Mr Albanese said there was “no excuse” for Chinese sanctions against Australian goods.
“It’s in China’s interest to lift all sanctions against Australia, and it’s 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, I will defend Australia’s interests where we must.
“There is no justification for these sanctions on Australian goods and they should all be lifted.”
Beijing’s ban on Australian coal imports comes at a time of great turmoil. voltage between the Chinese Communist Party and the then Morrison government.
Scott Morrison’s push to investigate the origins of Covid did not sit well with Beijing and further soured the already tense relationship between the two countries.
The rumored reversal would mark a major breakthrough in relations between Australia and China and would be a victory for the new Albanian government.
Originally published as ‘No excuses’: PM calls for lifting sanctions on China