Bilateral relationship: China and Australia commits to repair

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Photo: AAP-Lukas Coch

China and Australia committed on fixing their bilateral relationship, stained by allegations that Beijing has executed cyber-attacks and has attempted to interfere in Canberra’s domestic affairs.

The two head of state, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chinese Premier Li, met on Sunday in Thailand and both vowed to develop the relationship worth more than $124 billion in two-way trade last year.

“I feel very strongly and committed to improving that relationship and ensuring we realize its full potential,” Morrison told Li, according to a transcript seen by Reuters.

The meeting is recently after China’s formal complaint when Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Canberra would hold Beijing on its human rights record.

In addition, China was extremely criticized for putting up complexes in Xinjiang called “vocational training centers” intended to stamp out extremism and teach new skills.

Record from the United Nations shows at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims have been detained.

Meanwhile, a Reuters report showed Australian intelligence had found China to be responsible for a cyber-attack on the national parliament and three largest political parties.

China’s foreign ministry disagreed to any allegations in hacking attacks and explained internet is full of theories that can be hard to trace.

Things getting better, with the Chinese tension slowing down, Morrison is scheduled to try and close a deal on what could become the world’s largest trading bloc.