Actions of Russia and China are key issues, Anthony Albanese tells world leaders at ASEAN summit
- Several sideline meetings have resulted in Australia reaffirming its relationship with Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Japan and Ukraine.
- Mr Albanese reaffirmed support for Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.
- Over nine days, Mr Albanese will attend four regional summits including the G20 summit and APEC meeting.
But work continues behind the scenes on seeking a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has not had a formal meeting with an Australian leader since Malcolm Turnbull in 2016.
“It’s part of my government’s determination to reach out to the leaders in the business community to ensure that we have … the private sector as well as government doing what we can to promote Australia’s national interests,” he said.
Russia and China key issues
United States President Joe Biden, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are among those expected to attend.
Australia commits to more Ukraine support
“Bushmasters became the most popular Australian brand in Ukraine,” he said.
“The ongoing targeting of civilians by Vladimir Putin’s forces is reprehensible and against international law,” Mr Albanese said.
“This is a chance for us to build relationships in our region so early in the term of the new government,” he said.
“We will engage constructively in the G20 but I certainly won’t be seeking out any meetings with the Russian foreign minister,” he said.