Australian Prime Minister Albanese says relations with China will remain ‘difficult’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Monday that the country’s relationship with China will remain “difficult”, before leaving for a Quad summit in Japan with U.S. President Joe Biden and leaders of Japan and China. India.

“It’s China that has changed, not Australia, and Australia should always stand up for our values ​​and we will in a government that I lead,” Albanese told a press briefing, after taking his duties as the country’s 31st Prime Minister.

Australia’s relations with China, its biggest trading partner, are at an all-time low after they clashed over a number of issues including trade, the origins of the coronavirus and Australia’s accusations of foreign interference.

(Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Tom Hogue)