PM heads to G20, with crucial China meeting unconfirmed



A possible meeting between the leaders of Australia and China is anticipated as they prepare to land in Indonesia.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanian attends the G20 in Bali after a weekend in Phnom Penh for the East Asian and ASEAN summits.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has already confirmed a meeting in Bali with US President Joe Biden.

But questions remain about whether Mr Xi and Mr Albanian will meet. If it goes ahead, it will be the first time in six years that leaders from Australia and China have formally met.

On Sunday, the last day of the Cambodian summit, Mr Albanian had a 40-minute catch-up with Mr Biden.

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The pair discussed security agreements, climate and involvement in the Pacific.

But Mr Albanian declined to reveal whether the president has given him any guidance on what he will discuss with Mr Xi.

“President Biden can speak for himself and I will speak for myself on the terms that affect Australia,” he said in Phnom Penh.

“[Australia] enter into a constructive dialogue with the countries that want to cooperate with us.

“I said we should work with China where we can and that’s what we’re doing.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has invited Mr Albanian to deliver a keynote speech at the B20 meeting, which brings together business and political leaders from the world’s strongest economies.

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Global recovery from the pandemic and the taming of inflation affecting economies will be the main themes of his speech.

Mr. Albanian will pitch for world leaders to work together in the interests of all nations by reducing tariff barriers and increasing trade deals.

“We can achieve much more together than we will ever do alone,” he will say.

“Recovering stronger depends on recovering together.”

Tackling climate change will also be heavily addressed at the summit.

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Mr Albanese will urge governments and businesses to invest in clean energy sources and boost Australia’s role in the global transition to renewable energy sources.

“We know Australia can be a renewable energy superpower and we are working to grow our clean energy exports,” he will say.

“We are committed to working with other countries to reduce their emissions, grow their economies and improve living standards.”

The leaders will also discuss global food insecurity, exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the global response to pandemics.