- Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is attending four regional meetings starting on Friday.
- The meetings include ASEAN-Australia, East Asia, G20 and APEC summits.
- Individual meetings on the sidelines of the summits are still being finalized.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is keen to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping when he attends a series of international summits later this week.
Albanese will hold a series of summits on Friday in Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.
He left the door open to talks with Mr Xi, who will be at the G20 summit in Bali as well as APEC in Thailand.
“I have made it very clear that dialogue is a good thing and so if a meeting is arranged with Xi that would be positive,” Albanese told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
“We are planning various meetings but they have not been finalized and locked down … we will issue an announcement if and when meetings with various leaders are locked down.”
Liberal senator James Paterson said it was appropriate for the prime minister to meet President Xi.
But he would not comment on whether Mr Albanese should bring up recent allegations that China tried to kidnap Australian ex-servicemen.
“This is part of normal healthy bilateral relations, even when countries are at odds we meet and we have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views,” he said.
The Prime Minister will attend four international and regional meetings, including ASEAN-Australia, East Asia, G20 and APEC meetings.
He will also address the Business 20 summit, where senior executives, investors and senior executives will meet ahead of the G20 leaders’ meeting.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will also address that summit.
“My role at these summits will be to advocate not only for Australians but also for our Pacific neighbors who face many of the same pressures as us,” Mr Albanese said.
“At each summit, I will emphasize Australia’s commitment to the global transition to net zero and our vision for a stable, peaceful, resilient and prosperous region.”