Anthony Albanese has been encouraged not to “bend” to China, as Jacqui Lambie declares Beijing can’t be trusted.
The Prime Minister became the first leader in three years to speak face-to-face with Premier Li Keqiang after the Chinese leader sought him out at the ASEAN summit in Cambodia.
But Mr Albanese is still waiting to hear back on whether he can secure a meeting with President Xi Jinping.
Speaking on Monday, Senator Lambie told Nine that she was dubious of what Australia could get out of the meeting.
“I don’t trust the Chinese. I’ve made that quite clear,” she said.
“I’m really not sure what’s going to come out of this. If they can lift the trade sanctions that would be a good start.
“Let’s see how willing China is or how much more they would like us to bend over to them
“Australia shouldn’t have to bend to China. I don’t want to see that going on.”
Mr Albanese remains hopeful that talks with Mr Xi will take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.
Trade Minister Don Farrell said Mr Albanese’s message will be that Beijing must lift the bans on exports such as wine, barley and meat to “get back to a normalised relationship”.
“We obviously want to have a stabilised, sensible relationship with China,” he said.
“I’m not sure that one meeting will solve all of the problems that have existed over the last five or six years.
“If we do get the meeting with the Chinese President, I think it starts the ball rolling in putting these problems behind us and starting a new relationship that will get us back to where we want to be in terms of our trading relationship with that largest trading partner.”
If Mr Albanese is able to secure a face-to-face meeting, it will be the first time in six years the leaders of Australia and China have had a formal meeting.
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