Albanese calls on China to remove sanctions in order to ‘improve relations’

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says China needs to remove the sanctions imposed on Australia in order to “improve relations” between the two countries. Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Albanese said it is a “good thing” Defence Minister Richard Marles recently met with his counterpart in Singapore. Mr Marles and Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe held a one-hour meeting at the Shangri-La Defence Summit in Singapore on Sunday where each raised concerns amid rising tensions over the Indo-Pacific.“We do need to engage with each other and that’s a positive step,” Mr Albanese said. “But it is China that have imposed sanctions, it is China that has changed.“And it’s China that needs to remove those sanctions.”