Australian opposition leader: China relations won't change
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will address the club next week.
Albanese suggested Australia's policy toward a more belligerent China would not divide the parties during the campaign.
"Whoever's in government, it will be a difficult relationship," Albanese said. "It will be difficult because the posture of China has changed. It is China that has changed, not Australia that has changed." "I don't ... blame the government and never have for the current circumstances," Albanese added.
But relations soured when Abbott's successor Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced in 2017 updated treason and espionage laws that would outlaw covert foreign interference in politics.
Throughout Morrison's tenure, which began in 2018, Chinese ministers have refused to speak to their Australian counterparts while key Australian exports including coal, wine, and barley have been disrupted.
Exporters have generally supported the government's willingness to risk angering China through policies such as calling for an independent investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Albanese said a Labour government would deal with China "in a mature way. Not by being provocative for the sake of it to make a domestic political point." "I don't argue that a change of government will simply change the relationship. Because that's just something that we have to deal with," Albanese said.
Albanese said the three pillars of a Labor government's foreign policy would be Australia's alliance with the United States, engagement with regional partners, and engagement in multilateral forums including the United Nations.
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