Australia’s new PM flags ‘difficult’ China ties as he heads to Tokyo for Quad meeting
The Guardian says Anthony Albanese will fly to Tokyo on Monday to take part in the Quad leaders’ meeting, just hours after being sworn in as the new Australian prime minister and warning that relations with China would remain “difficult”.
The Labor party defeated the Coalition government, led by Scott Morrison, on Saturday. It is not yet known whether the Labor party, which Albanese leads, will reach the 76-seat majority needed to govern in its own right.
In his first press conference as prime minister, Albanese said he had received a guarantee of supply from independent and minor party MPs to ensure he can govern no matter the outcome.
The 59-year-old said he and a small interim ministry – including the new foreign minister, Penny Wong, who will travel with Albanese to Tokyo – had been quickly sworn in to ensure Australia could participate in the bilateral meetings with the US president, Joe Biden, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, and the Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida.
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